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Whistling kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliastur
Selby, 1840

H. indus
H. sphenurus

Haliastur is a genus of medium-sized diurnal birds of prey. It consists of two species of kite which form part of the subfamily Milvinae; some authorities place these species in the genus Milvus,[1] despite clear differences in behaviour, voice and plumage.[2]

Species list[edit]

Both of the species found in this genus are large for kites; both are relatively small-headed and have rounded tail tips.[3]


  1. ^ Slater, Peter; Pat Slater; Raoul Slater (1986). The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds. Sydney: Reed New Holland. ISBN 1-877069-00-0. 
  2. ^ Josep del Hoyo, ed. (1994). Handbook of the Birds of the World, volume 2. Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-87334-15-6. 
  3. ^ Ferguson-Lees, James; David A. Christie (2001). Raptors of the World. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-8026-1. 

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