Definitions for elanus
Elanus, genus Elanus(noun)
a genus of small kites of both Old and New Worlds
Black-winged Kites is a genus of bird of prey in the elanid kite subfamily. It consists of four species. ⁕Black-winged Kite, Elanus caeruleus ⁕Black-shouldered Kite, Elanus axillaris ⁕White-tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus ⁕Letter-winged Kite, Elanus scriptus The first three species above were considered conspecific as subspecies of the Black-shouldered Kite. These are white and grey raptors of open country, with black shoulder markings and a short square tail. They hunt by slowly quartering the habitat for rodents and other small mammals, birds and insects, sometimes hovering like a kestrel.
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