Diet of Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) in a farmland area near Algiers, Algeria

Manaa, A., Souttou, K., Sekour, M., Bendjoudi, D., Guezoul, O., Baziz-Neffah, F., Doumandji, S., Stoetzel, E. & Denys, C. 2013. Diet of Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus in a farmland area near Algiers, Algeria. Ostrich 84 (2) : 113–117.


The diet of the Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus was analysed in a recently colonised area in Meftah, south-eastern Algiers, Algeria. The diet was determined by analysing 144 pellets. Our data showed that the diet was dominated by rodents with Algerian mouse Mus spretus comprising between 61% and 77% of the diet. Based on relative biomass, rodents were the main prey species, comprising 88.1% of the diet in 2006, 68.4% in 2007 and 52.0% in 2008. Birds were the second-most important prey, comprising as much as 43.4% of the diet in 2008. The Algerian mouse was the major prey species both in spring (60.0% in 2007) and in summer (80.0% in 2006).

Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus)

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