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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Retrieved 26 November Breeding season The breeding season is short and usually occurs in the month of April. Help us improve the site by taking our survey. The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support. Swallow-tailed Kite is an elegant, unmistakable raptor of forests and swamps. This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico.

Swallow-tailed kite

Check-list of Birds of the World. Mating occurs from March to May, with the female laying 2 to 4 eggs. Beforethese birds were found elanojdes far as the northern Midwest, but due to logging, draining of swamps, and shooting, populations dwindled and are now found only in the southern U.

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These nesting locations are often found in the highest trees in wetland areas. Note at the end of the track there is a alarm shriek from a White-tailed Deer which stumbled into this patch of forest and was startled by my presence.

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Subspecies and Distribution E. It may NOT be used within Apps. The eggs are incubated for approximately 28 days, and the fledgling period lasts anywhere from 36 to 42 days.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Swallow-tailed kite. In the winter E. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends.

Hausman, ; Wetmore, Elanoides forficatus has not been classified as a threatened species. Food and feeding Insects, often feeding on insect swarms or hatches, e. Land located within migration routes is thought to be another concern for the kites, as deforestation and habitat degradation in Central and South Americas can have adverse affects as the birds move to breed.

Endothermy is a synapomorphy of the Mammalia, although it may have arisen in a now extinct synapsid ancestor; the fossil record does not distinguish these possibilities. Information on the swallow-tailed kite is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly. Glossary Nearctic living in the Nearctic biogeographic province, the northern part of the New World. They are listed as “rare” by the state of Georgia. They are also lovely birds that attract ecotourism. Little is known about predators of swallow-tailed kites, but fledglings are often preyed on by owls, especially great horned owls Bubo virginianus.

Swallow-tailed kites are monomorphic. They nest near sources of water in tall trees, anywhere from 18 to 40 meters above the ground.


Accessed January 15, at http: Highly forficwtus, this species feeds largely on flying insects over the canopy, but also takes insects, bird chicks, hummingbirds, and even fruit directly from the canopy while in flight.

Gaspar, Gaspar, Santa Catarina. Often thought to form monogamous pairs, the birds are thought to spend some time apart and meet up during migrations to nesting locations. Skip to main content. Habitat Primarily over forests in tropical and subtropical zones, perhaps higher; sometimes shows certain Wetmore, Communication Channels visual acoustic Perception Channels visual tactile acoustic chemical Food Habits Swallow-tailed kites are primarily insectivorous, snatching and feeding on flying insects in mid-air, but they are also known to capture other prey, such as snakes, frogs, and nestlings and fledglings.

It has a white head, white underparts, and white underwing coverts elajoides contrast sharply with glossy black upperparts and entirely black flight feathers. The bird usually does not break flight during feeding.

Share this image — Forficatu sharing options. It may also feed on small amphibians such as frogs; large insectssuch as grasshoppers, crickets; small birds and eggs ; and small mammals including bats. Most North and Central American breeders winter in South America where the species is resident year round. Show Details Hide Details.