SOME INFO ON KITES
White-tailed Kite belong to the "Elanus" species. There are four recognized species of "Elanus" kites in the world. Between 1981 and 1994, all Elanus kites were grouped together under the name black-shouldered kite or Elanus caeruleus. After 1994, they were once again classified as separate species (3), described below.
BLACK-WINGED kite, Elanus caeruleus - mostly Africa, Asia
There are two subspecies of the black-winged kite.
One of these, Elanus caeruleus caeruleus can be found in most parts of lowland Africa, the extreme southwest regions of Europe, and the lowlands of many countries in southeastern Asia.
The other, Elanus caeruleus hypoleucos inhabits the lowlands of Malaysia, Philippines and New Guinea. (7)
BLACK-SHOULDERED kites, Elanus axillaries and scriptus - mostly Australia
Two species of the black-shouldered kite are found in Australia. The first, named, black-shouldered kite Elanus axillaries, lives in Australian savanna, grassland and open forests. Elanus scriptus, the letter-winged kite, is found in the interior of Australia in savanna areas, and along watercourses. (7)
WHITE-TAILED kite of the Americas, Elamus leucurus
The white-tailed kite Elanus leucurus, has two recognized sub-species: Elanus leucurus leucurus of South America, and the larger Elanus leucurus majusculus of North America.
Here is a picture of Elanus leucurus (White-tailed Kites) from Americas:
And if really interested, there is a set of WTK pictures here:
This came about because of an Africam bird here: