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Visitor safety under the spotlight in new walker safety video


Visitor safety in Tasmania's national parks and reserves has received a major investment with a suite of projects, including a new feature video on bushwalking preparation and safety.More

Draft Frenchmans Cap Recreation Zone Plan 2018


The Parks and Wildlife Service has released the Draft Recreation Zone Plan 2018 for the Frenchmans Cap area.More

Redeveloped Lake Tahune Hut now open


A locally designed and built, energy-efficient and sustainable hut is now welcoming bushwalkers at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap Track in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.More

Whistling Kite, Haliastur sphenurus


Reaching up to 60cm in size with a wingspan of 1.45m and 770g in weight, the Whistling Kite is a medium-sized raptor with a shaggy appearance. Seen from below the wings have a characteristic pale M-shape and the tail is rounded. The narrow head is light brown and the long, well rounded wings are dark sandy brown.


Whistling kites prefer woodlands and open country or wetlands and are commonly seen soaring above water or farms. The main threats to this kite are loss of remnant bush with tall trees and wetland destruction.


They feed on small mammals, birds, fish and insects and also scavenge on carrion.


In the south they breed from winter through summer (July to January) laying up to three eggs. Eggs are incubated for just over 5 weeks and chicks remain in the nest for a further 7 to 8 weeks. They prefer tall trees for nesting in and build a bulky platform of sticks. They appear to stay with the same mate and will re-breed in the same nest and defend their territory. After fledging the chicks stay with their parents for another couple of months.


The Whistling kite is named for its loud descending whistle 'teee-ti-ti'.


Although common and secure throughout the Australian mainland, this is an uncommon species in Tasmania. It also occurs in the Solomons, New Caledonia and New Guinea.