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Mississippi Kite

Ictinia mississippiensis
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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.



Riparian / River forest
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Mississippi Kite
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: May 21, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/mississippi-kite

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Mississippi Kite. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved May 21, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/mississippi-kite

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Mississippi Kite". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/mississippi-kite

MLA 2017 Style

Dr. Biology. "Mississippi Kite". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 21 May 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/mississippi-kite

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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