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1 July 2004 Geographic variation in the size of mammalian prey taken by White-tailed Kites in the Americas
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I examined the size of small mammal prey taken by White-tailed Kites (Elanus leucurus) in the Americas from data obtained in the literature and unpublished material from southern Brazil. Mean weight of adult small mammal prey in the kite's diet ranged between 19.5 and 64.2 g. Mammalian prey taken weighed between 2 and 53% of the kite's body weight. Although the White-tailed Kite is a small mammal specialist, in relation to the size of prey taken, this raptor can be considered a generalist hunter.

Daniel Ricardo Scheibler "Geographic variation in the size of mammalian prey taken by White-tailed Kites in the Americas," Journal of Field Ornithology 75(3), 218-222, (1 July 2004). https://doi.org/10.1648/0273-8570-75.3.218
Received: 30 May 2003; Accepted: 1 October 2003; Published: 1 July 2004
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