Swallow-tailed Kites Soaring
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A small kettle of five swallow-tailed kites soaring overhead in a blue sky.
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Birds in flight - 3 a Day
Swallow-tailed kites breed and can be seen throughout Florida and along the southeastern coast of the United States from spring through summer. Elanoides forficatus winter in much of South America except for Argentina and Chile.
Usually seen soaring along the edges of woods, often near wetlands, they are the largest kites in North America. The distinctive coloring of the white head and body contrasted with the black wings and forked tail make this an easy bird to identify.
Swallow-tailed kites pluck insects, other invertebrates, lizards and even small snakes from the tops of trees and eat while flying. In mid to late summer large numbers of kites will start roosting together before setting off on their migration to South America.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
April 20th, 2016
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