Swallow-tailed Kite

General description.

The Swallow-tailed Kite is the largest North American kite. With a tail that looks like an over-sized swallow, this bird is magnificent in appearance. This bird is often found in the air, swooping down to water to take a drink. It catches the insects that it eats in flight as well. This bird nests in trees and builds a platform nest to raise the young in. A mated pair raises one brood per year. The Swallow-tailed Kite, though common, is listed as endangered in several places and is extinct is some places as well. Populations have been making a comeback and the range is slowing expanding.

Flight pattern.

Direct and circling. Soars on thermals.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

ee-ee-ee or pee-pee-pee and peat, peat, peat or klee, klee, klee

Population and distribution.


Nesting habits.

The Swallow-tailed Kite nests in trees and lays 2-3 white eggs in May or June.
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