Scissor-tailed Kite (Chelictinia riocouriii)

Also known as the African Swallow-tailed Kite (not to be confused with  Elanoides forficatus of the Americas), the scissor-tailed kite is a species of elanid kite ( Accipitridae, Elaninae) which is widespread in Africa, where is occurs throughout most of northern Africa as well as most of “the horn”. Like other elanid kites, scissor-tailed kites feed mostly on insects and spiders, but are known to take small lizards and rodents as well. Scissor-tailed kites are a gregarious species, and are often seen in communal roosts. 


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Image: Ron Knight