Swallow-tailed Kite

Other Names: none

Distribution: southeastern United States south to peru; winters in Central and South America.

Swallow-tailed Kite distribution range map

Description:

Size: 49-65 cm in length with a 114-127 cm wingspan, weighing 310-610 g.

Plumage: Adults have black wings with white undersides, heads, and necks. The tail and uppersides are iridescent black, with streaks of green, purple, and bronze. Juveniles look similar to adults but with slightly streaked heads and underparts, as well as shorter white-tipped tails. The beak is black with a yellow base and the eyes are black.

Species image
Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

Bill Shape
hooked
Regions
alabama
arizona
arkansas
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
florida
georgia
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
louisiana
maine
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
nebraska
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
vermont
virginia
west virginia
wisconsin
Tail Shape
forked-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
perching
Behavior
flocks
forays
Markings
head
plain
tailbands
Sounds
clear
high
Location
high perching
low perching
north in summer
north in winter
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Marshes
Color
black
brown
yellow
white
red
Body Shape
headcrested
hawk
Size
large
medium
small
Order
birds of prey, raptors - falconiformes
kites, eagles and hawks - accipitridae
Conservation Status
Least Concern