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wpe27F.jpg (9172 bytes) White-breasted Sparrowhawk Alternate name
Elanus scriptus Scientific name
Accipitriformes Order
Acciptridae Family
F35-38 M33-36cm Length
Semi-arid scrub and grassland, often near fresh water, up to 1,000m. Endemic to Austrailia:- Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island, Kangaroo Island, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria & Western Austrailia. Habitat
3-6 eggs 30 days Clutch
Mainly rodents, Long haired Rat, marsupials Food  
Largely nocturnal breeds in colonies to to 100 pair, Habits
3329 - TSN: 175287 World Number
Near Threatened Status

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Czech: Lunec cernoramenný, luněc černoramenný
Danish: Sortbĺndet Glente
German: Schwarzachselaar
English: Letter winged Kite, Letter-winged Kite, White-breasted Sparrowhawk
Spanish: Elanio Escrito
Estonian: öö-hőbehaugas
Finnish: Yöliitohaukka
French: Élanion écrit, Élanion lettré
Italian: Nibbio bianco alisegnate, Nibbio scritto
Japanese: kuroobitobi, ogurotobi
Japanese: オグロトビ, クロオビトビ
Latin: Elanus sciptus, Elanus scriptus
Dutch: Letterwouw
Norwegian: Skriftglente
Polish: kaniuk stepowy
Russian: Буквокрылый дымчатый коршун, Буквокрылый коршун
Slovak: luniak popolavý, Luniak striebristý
Swedish: Nattglada
Chinese: 纹翅鸢
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