Swallow Tailed Kite

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At one time it was common in summer over much of the southeast but today it is found mostly in. Written by bob sundstrom this is birdnote.



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But theres a bird of prey in the american southeast that takes grace to an utterly new level.

Swallow tailed kite. It was formerly named falco forficatus. The largest of north america kites has black upperparts which contrast with white head and underparts. In last weeks blog we described the importance of tracking swallow tailed kites with gps equipped tracking devices and introduced you to the 5 adults tagged during the 2019 nesting season.

Swallow tailed kite magician on the wing. Hanging motionless in the air swooping and gliding rolling upside down and then zooming high in the air with scarcely a motion of its wings the swallow tailed kite is a joy to watch. Pre migration roosts are places where swallow tailed kites form foraging aggregations and communal night roosts.

Some birds are wonderfully graceful in flight. Our most beautiful bird of prey striking in its shape its pattern and its extraordinarily graceful flight. The swallow tailed kite is unmistakable in flight with long pointed wings and a deeply forked tail.

The lilting swallow tailed kite has been called the coolest bird on the planet with its deeply forked tail and bold black and white plumage it is unmistakable in the summer skies above swamps of the southeast. The neck breast and belly are white. The swallow tailed kite elanoides forficatus is a pernine raptor which breeds from the southeastern united states to eastern peru and northern argentinait is the only species in the genus elanoidesmost north and central american breeders winter in south america where the species is resident year round.

Swallows spring to mind with their deft swoops and glides. In flight it shows long pointed wings with black flight feathers and white wing linings. Flying with barely a wingbeat and maneuvering with twists of its incredible tail it chases dragonflies or plucks frogs lizards snakes and nestling birds from tree branches.

Has a 15 16 inch long black tail with deep fork. If you see a swallow tailed kite you can help us determine their distribution monitor population trends and locate important nesting and foraging sites by filling out the form below. Flying with barely a wingbeat and maneuvering with twists of its incredible tail it chases dragonflies or plucks frogs lizards snakes and nestling birds from tree branches.

By doing this they gain behavioral information from and communicate with each other to find swarms of insects and other prey to put on weight rapidly and prepare themselves for a 5000 mile migration. The lilting swallow tailed kite has been called the coolest bird on the planet with its deeply forked tail and bold black and white plumage it is unmistakable in the summer skies above swamps of the southeast. This graceful bird rarely flaps its wings while flying but almost continuously moves its tail sometimes to nearly 90 degrees enabling the bird to maintain a flight path make a sharp turn or circle.

Many of the 16 kites arci is currently tracking have already left the us on a 5000 mile trip to wintering destinations in south america.



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