White-tailed Kite

Other Names: Black-shouldered Kite

Distribution: discontinuously throughout tropical Latin America; may be found in the western United States.

White-tailed Kite distribution range map

Description:

Size: 33-35 cm in length with a 95-105 cm wingspan, weighing 250-380 g.

Plumage: Largely white, with a gray back, black patch on the shoulder and undersurface of the pointed wing, and a white tail. Juveniles have a back and breast streaked with warm brown. The legs are yellow, the beak is yellow with a black tip, and the eyes are red.

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White-tailed Kite

White-tailed Kite

Bill Shape
hooked
Regions
alabama
arizona
california
florida
idaho
illinois
indiana
louisiana
massachusetts
mexico
mississippi
montana
nebraska
nevada
new mexico
north dakota
oregon
texas
utah
washington
Tail Shape
notched-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
perching
Behavior
flocks
forays
Markings
head
plain
tailbands
wingbands
Sounds
buzzing
clear
high
Location
high perching
low perching
north in winter
Habitat
agricultural
savanna
Forests
Grasslands
Color
blackandwhite
brown
gray
yellow
white
rust
red
Body Shape
headcrested
hawk
Size
large
medium
small
Order
birds of prey, raptors - falconiformes
kites, eagles and hawks - accipitridae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species