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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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