MFI and SLSPI document a rare bird in Brgy. Kinilis

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) in partnership with the St. Lorenzo School of Polomolok, Inc. (SLSPI) conducted a photo documentation of the Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) also known as Black Shouldered Kite and other avifauna found at Field 113A/B gullies, Brgy. Kinilis, Polomolok, South Cotabato on July 4, 2020. A team of five instructors went to SLPSI-adopted area where a pair of mature kites produced four offsprings observed since 2018.

The Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much smaller kestrels. This Eurasian and African species was sometimes combined with the Australian Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) and the White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) of North and South America which together form a superspecies. This kite is distinctive, with long-wings, white, grey and black plumage and owl-like forward-facing eyes with red irises. Although mainly seen on the plains, they are sometimes seen on grassy slopes of hills in the higher elevation regions of Asia. They are not migratory, but make short-distance movements in response to weather (Source: Wikipedia).

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