Mississippi Kite

General description.

The Mississippi Kite, though not territorial, is certainly not shy either. It has been seen flying around horses and their riders to pick up the insects that they stir up. This bird catches the insects that it eats in flight. The Mississippi Kite is a very graceful flier. These birds often perch together and even forage together. During breeding season the Mississippi Kite forms nesting colonies and the pair raises their young. A mated pair raises one brood per year. This bird is common and the range is expanding westward.

Juvenile appearance.

Juvenile Mississippi Kites have brown steaks on their chests.

Flight pattern.


Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

kee-e-e and phee-phew, phee-phew

Population and distribution.


Nesting habits.

The Mississippi Kite nests in a tree and lays 1-3 white eggs in May.
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