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Mississippi Kite

Ictinia mississippiensis

Mississippi Kite
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 15 in. (37 cm)
This kite forms pairs on its wintering grounds in South America. When it arrives here in the Spring, nest building begins almost immediately, and several pairs tend to nest near each other. The bulky platform nest is placed high in a tree branch close to the trunk. It is made of small sticks and lined with leaves. The kite feeds large by capturing insects in the air, but it will also go after bats, frogs and lizards. It is most often seen soaring high over riparian forest and nearby fields. The four-digit banding code is MIKI.

Aerial
Aerial

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Agricultural
Agricultural

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