Non-breeding Diet of the Letter-winged Kite in north-eastern South Australia

Letter-winged Kites Elanus scriptus were found to be feeding predominantly on House Mice Mus musculus in north-eastern South Australia. In its normal central Australian range the Letter-winged Kite's diet has previously been recorded as consisting of native mammals particularly the Long-haired Rat Rattus villosissimus. Potential ramifications of a major shift in dietary emphasis are discussed.

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