White-tailed Kite
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General description.

The White-tailed Kite is a magnificent bird of the hawk family. Due the the black plumage on its shoulders, this bird used to be known as the Black-shouldered Kite. From a distance, this bird appears to be solid white. The White-tailed Kite can often be found in open landscapes hovering over the ground and searching for small mammals and reptiles and then swooping down and capturing them. The White-tailed Kite nests in trees. Though this bird is common, some concerns about the population have raised due to use of pesticides in areas that this bird lives.

Juvenile appearance.

The Juvenile is similar to the adults but has brownish red streaks on the head and chest.

Flight pattern.

Direct. Flies upward in circles and soars on thermals.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

keep, keep, keep

Population and distribution.

Common but localized with in its range.

Nesting habits.

the White-tailed Kite nests in trees and lays 3-6 white eggs in May.
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