Elanus leucurus, commonly known as the White-tailed Kite, is a medium-sized raptor with a white head, neck, and underparts, and gray upperparts. It has a long, forked tail with a white underside, and a hooked bill. It is found in open grasslands, savannas, and agricultural areas, and is a migratory species. The average lifespan of the White-tailed Kite is 4-5 years, and the current population is estimated to be around 1 million individuals.
Name Origin: Elanus leucurus, commonly known as the White-tailed Kite, is a species of bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. The genus name Elanus is derived from the Greek word for "kite", while the species name leucurus is derived from the Greek words for "white" and "tail".
Related Species: Elanus caeruleus, Elanus axillaris, Elanus scriptus