Haliastur sphenurus (Vieillot, 1818)

Common Name: 
Whistling Kite

Widespread over mainland Australia, but uncommon in Tasmania. It is also found in New Guinea, the Solomons and New Caledonia.

Ecological Notes: 

Inhabits woodlands, open country, including heathlands, and particularly wetlands. It can also be observed flying over embayments, estuaries and along the crest of dunes. Whistling Kites prey upon small mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, insects and also feed upon carrion.

Additional Notes: 

Most prey items are taken either from the ground or from the water surface. It will also pirate food from herons and ibises. Whistling Kites have a shrill whistling call, sometimes repeated frequently.


Atlas of Living Australia at Haliastur sphenurus Accessed 27 July 2020.
Birdlife Australia at http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/whistling-kite Accessed 27 July 2020.