Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

We’ve been seeing a few Swallow-tailed Kites around, including one flying over our house last week, so I wasn’t surprised to spot a group of 10 or 15 circling over one of the marshes this morning.

Swallow-tailed Kite Feeding
Swallow-tailed Kite Feeding Midair

These raptors feed by snatching insects, often dragonflies, out of the air or off their perch on a tree or reed.

Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite

Their flight skills are just amazing and they make full use of their tail and wings to swoop and dive.

Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite, Insect in Claw

A mix of Swallow-tailed Kites, Mississippi Kites, and few terns were working this area.

Swallow-tailed Kites, Mississippi Kites, Gulls
Swallow-tailed Kites, Mississippi Kites, Gulls

19 thoughts on “Swallow-tailed Kite”

    1. Thanks, Sandra. Watching them fly is a real treat. They are a bird of concern, conservation wise. Their range used to extend all the way up the Mississippi RIver to Minnesota. Now they are concentrated in Florida. Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and SC do have a few. They migrate south, some to South America for the winter.

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      1. Oh this makes me sad. A developer is about to construct 300 homes around the nature preserve in our town. I’m heartbroken thinking of all the displaced wildlife.

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      2. Yes, it is sad and I’m with you on the heartbreak. A development has been approved for acreage behind where we live. It’s not a preserve, but there will be plenty of wildlife with no where to go if it becomes a reality.

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