Elanoides forficatus, otherwise known as the American swallow-tailed kite, is found primarily in the southeastern United States, from Louisiana to South Carolina. American Swallow-tailed Hawk, Northern Swallow-tailed Kite (forficatus), Southern Swallow-tailed Kite (yetapa). Swallow-tailed Kite · Elanoides forficatus · (Linnaeus, ). Order: ACCIPITRIFORMES. Family: Accipitridae (Kites, Hawks, Eagles). Genus: Elanoides. Species.

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Lindsey Paretti – Blood Elanoiddes AfricachimpanzeeconservationfilmIn the Fieldlab chimpsLiberiaPrimatesprimatologyrehabilitationtrue storywildlifewildlife filmWildscreen Festival. Swallow-tailed kites have a body length ranging from 49 to 65 cm. Towards the end of the nesting period both parents will hunt.

Swallow-tailed Kite

Fledglings can take an additional 2 weeks or more to become independent. Breeding season The breeding season is short and usually occurs in the month of April.

Field Guide to the Birds of North America 4th ed. Accessed December 31, at https: Relatively common over much of its extensive distribution.

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Females usually lay two forfcatus per clutch. Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus. For the African species, see African swallow-tailed kite Swallow-tailed kite Conservation status. Swallow-tailed Kite is an elegant, unmistakable raptor of forests and swamps. Adult calls, barley alights and passes undentified food to youngster. Elanoides Vieillot The average weight of maled is g and the average weight of females is g, although females may be slightly larger in size.


Bibliography Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. The major requirement of these nesting sites are food availability and tree height. Races rather poorly differentiated, and validity of subspecific division sometimes questioned.

The most notable feature of E. Wingspan is from to cm. The male lands on her back and drapes his wings over the fogficatus, then mating occurs. They do not hover and usually eat prey elanoidee mid-flight. Adults have black wings with white undersides, white heads, necks, and underparts.

Juveniles look similar to adults but with slightly streaked heads and underparts, as well as shorter white-tipped tails. It is often found in groups both while feeding and at roosts.

The birds are considered one of the most graceful fliers seen in America and often spend the majority of their lives scouring high tree tops for lizards, small mammals, and insects. Flying about 30m up, calling, and chasing each other.


Incubation lasts 28 days, and 36 to 42 days to fledge.

ADW: Elanoides forficatus: INFORMATION

Elanoides forficatus Linnaeus Black-breasted buzzard Hamirostra melanosternon. The morphology of the Swallow-Tailed kite’s wing and tail structure allows the bird to glide effortlessly for long distances. They nest near sources of water in tall trees, anywhere from 18 to 40 meters above the ground. Check-list of Birds of the World. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Often they nest in close range to one another and large pre-migration gatherings have been noted in areas with abundant food sources. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. Also known as American swallow-tailed kite. They began circling my position, calling repeatedly. The female will quickly go under the limb or turn, bending forward with the wings extended.

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