Definition of letter-winged kite in English:

letter-winged kite

noun

  • A small, largely nocturnal kite of central Australia, Elanus scriptus (family Accipitridae), having white and pale grey plumage with a contrasting black stripe on the underside of the wings.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Gould (1804–1881), ornithologist and publisher.