Letter-winged Kite Elanus scriptus

Family: Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles)

Authority: Gould, 1842

Red List Category

Criteria: D1

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Justification of Red List category
This species qualifies as Near Threatened because the population size becomes moderately small during the periods between explosions in the rat population. There appears to be inadequate knowledge on key sites and habitat use by the core population, which may be sensitive to other threats when rat numbers are low.

Population size: 670-6700

Population trend: Stable

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 2,050,000 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Realm - Oceanic
Land-mass type - Australia
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Elanus scriptus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/05/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/05/2022.