The black-shouldered kite (Elanus axillaris), Australian black-shouldered kite, or simply Australian kite, is a small raptor found in open habitat throughout Australia. It resembles similar species found in Africa, Eurasia and North America, including the black-winged kite, a species that has in the past also been called "black-shouldered kite".

Measuring 35–38 cm (14–15 in) in length with a wingspan of 80–95 cm (31–37 in), the adult black-shouldered kite is a small and graceful raptor with red eyes. Their primary call is a clear whistle, uttered in flight and while hovering.

Black-shouldered kites form monogamous pairs, breeding between August and January. The birds engage in aerial courtship displays which involve high circling flight and ritualised feeding mid-air. Three or four eggs are laid and incubated for around thirty days. Chicks are fully fledged within five weeks of hatching and can hunt for mice within a week of leaving the nest. Juveniles disperse widely from the home territory.
Australian Kite
Date Location Count
2019-02-09 06:20Liguasan Marsh2
2019-02-11 07:54Baigup Wetlands (Bayswater)1
2019-02-05Penguin Island1
2019-02-17 08:21Beeliar Regional Park--Yangebup Lake1
2019-02-12 06:00Fire Trail behind Cheynes Beach Caravan Park at -34.88769, 118.403651
2019-02-17 06:45Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve2
2019-02-05 09:33Whaler's Way1
2019-02-13 08:28Pickford Rd between Mulligan Hwy and Mareeba Wetlands gate1
2019-02-11 14:33Seacliff Beach1
2019-02-11 10:39O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park1
2019-02-17 18:30Anna Catherine Beach1
2019-02-18 10:23Griffiths Island (Port Fairy)1
2019-02-09 13:45Deniliquin Environs1
2019-02-17 18:10Police Creek, Gladstone1
2019-02-04 19:28Princes Hwy at Barrabool Rd, Moriac1
2019-02-10 19:42Cape Otway Rd at Mt Duneed Rd, Moriac2
2019-02-15 08:46Bogans Lane at Freshwater Creek (Mt Duneed)2
2019-02-04 06:29Coogoorah Park (Anglesea)1
2019-02-10 17:51Beach Rd b/w Airport and Point Wilson Rd, Avalon2
2019-02-16 09:16Avalon Saltworks--Snake Island (restricted access)1
2019-02-16 13:04Reedy Lake (Geelong)--Woods Rd1
2019-02-16 09:55Hospital Swamp--Baenschs Lane1
2019-02-16 11:42Reedy Lake (Geelong)--Moolap Station Rd2
2019-02-14 14:05Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
2019-02-16 10:19Reedy Lake (Geelong)--Whitehorse Rd1
2019-02-17 18:24Thompson Creek, Breamlea1
2019-02-07 19:01Bellarine Hwy at Clifton Ave, Leopold1
2019-02-17 10:08Bellarine Hwy at Melaluka Rd, Leopold1
2019-02-16 08:39Lake Connewarre--South shore1
2019-02-17 07:11Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)1
2019-02-18 10:31Beacon Point (Clifton Springs)1
2019-02-15 09:30Jacana Wetland2
2019-02-09 11:45Aurora Treatment Plant1
2019-02-06 17:15Toobeah1
2019-02-17 10:43Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve2
2019-02-14 14:16Leslie Rd, Clarinda1
2019-02-18 07:19Bushy Park Wetlands1
2019-02-11 09:55Braeside Park1
2019-02-09 06:41Braeside Park Wetlands1
2019-02-17 14:29Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale2
2019-02-05 06:25Dandenong Valley Wetland1
2019-02-17 17:54Eastern Treatment Plant--Boundary Rd Wetlands2
2019-02-04 15:08Troups Creek Wetland1
2019-02-13 16:05Swan Lake (Phillip Island)1
2019-02-10 06:23Lake Broadwater Conservation Park2
2019-02-08 10:13Reef Island Nature Conservation Reserve1
2019-02-07 06:43Marrambidya Wetland1
2019-02-09 18:41Junee Urban Wetlands1
2019-02-07 09:10Doctor's Creek Reserve1
2019-02-07 11:40Devon Park Boundary Rd, Oakey1
2019-02-17 06:00Bellbird Hollow, Brooloo (restricted access)1
2019-02-08 15:33Cooloola Way--Thomas&Thomas site1
2019-02-16 12:25Tingha1
2019-02-16 06:36Atkinsons Dam1
2019-02-04 07:00Northbrook Creek picnic area (Wivenhoe-Somerset Road)1
2019-02-10 06:00Yass Gorge1
2019-02-12 17:01Lake Samsonvale--Postmans Track1
2019-02-16 14:42Lake Samsonvale--Golds Scrub Lane1
2019-02-14 08:31Nemingha1
2019-02-09 06:05Bremerdale Park (Yamanto)1
2019-02-05 08:15West Belconnen Pond1
2019-02-17 07:15Dowse Lagoon (Sandgate)1
2019-02-17 17:35Oxley Creek Common3
2019-02-13 15:50Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve1
2019-02-12 08:30Kedron Brook Bikeway (near wetlands)1
2019-02-07 07:10Whites Hill Reserve1
2019-02-14 05:28Hemmant Recreation Reserve--west1
2019-02-15 14:00Glen Davis1
2019-02-17 07:33Kianawah Road Wetland (Hemmant)1
2019-02-17 08:19Jerrabomberra Wetlands NR--backwaters (restricted access)1
2019-02-12 08:31Jerrabomberra Wetlands NR--Woodland Loop1
2019-02-12 09:12Jerrabomberra Wetlands NR--Biyalagee Boardwalk1
2019-02-17 07:27Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve1
2019-02-13 18:28Dairy Road pond1
2019-02-04 19:10Muswellbrook STW1
2019-02-15 17:45Rowes Lagoon1
2019-02-18 09:21Eagleby--Eagleby Rd, south lake2
2019-02-18 06:41Eagleby Wetlands1
2019-02-18 07:48Six Foot Track, Megalong1
2019-02-07 19:02Goulburn Wetlands1
2019-02-04 07:57Goulburn Maturation Ponds (restricted access)1
2019-02-13 05:35Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel)1
2019-02-09 06:30Pitt Town Lagoon2
2019-02-07 06:20Carrs Island Bridge1
2019-02-15 09:03Spring Farm1
2019-02-10 08:41Campbells Common, Cumbalum1
2019-02-08 08:01Tallawarra Ash Pond 3, Yallah (Restricted Access)1
2019-02-06 18:25Nowra Wastewater Treatment Plant1
2019-02-10 16:14Red Rock Heath area1
2019-02-14 06:40Munmorah State Conservation Area2
2019-02-17 09:00Long Reef Aquatic Reserve1
2019-02-12 07:00Minnamurra Headland1
2019-02-07 18:10Spring Creek Wetland, Kiama1
2019-02-04 16:30Bombo Headland1
2019-02-08 05:53Lake Wollumboola1
2019-02-09 07:45Barnetts Lagoon2
2019-02-17 16:00Boyters Lane, Jerseyville2
2019-02-10 16:30King Creek Rd Swamp, Wauchope1
2019-02-17 07:26Partridge Creek (Port Macquarie)2
2019-02-18 06:44Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar2
2019-02-14 18:30Crowdy Bay National Park--Kylies Beach1