Small and distinctive falconlike kite. Light underneath, blue-gray above with conspicuous black shoulders formed by black wing coverts. Juveniles have a scaly back and brownish-washed breast. Found in open savannah, semi-desert, and agricultural lands with scattered woods. Varied flight style, hovering like a kestrel or gliding like a harrier with deep wingbeats and raised wings. Mostly resident but expanding northwards in Europe.