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Published: 4 Oct 2017

Blou Valk/Black-winged Kite

Die Blouvalk (Elanus caeruleus) is ‘n klein daglewende roofvoël in die familie Accipitridae. Dit is veral bekend vir sy gewoonte om oor oop grasvelde te sweef. Die Eurasiëse en Afrika spesie (Engels: “Black-winged Kite”) word soms gekombineer met die Australiese(Engels: “Black-shouldered Kite”)( Elanus axillaris) en die (Engels: “White-tailed Kite” – Elanus leucurus) van Noord- en Suid-Amerikawat saam ‘n superspesie vorm. Die Blouvalk het lang vlerke met ‘n wit, grys en swart verekleed en, soos ‘n uil, het dit oë wat vorentoe wys met rooi irisse. Alhoewel dit hoofsaaklik op die vlaktes voorkom word dit soms op grasryke hange van heuwels in die hoër geleë gebiede van Asië gesien. Blouvalke is nie migrerend nie, maar beweeg oor kort afstande in reaksie op die weer.

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 Australianblack-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.

Published: 4 Oct 2017

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