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Swallow-tailed Kite

Elanoides forficatus


The Swallow-tailed kite (Elanoides forficatus) is an accipitriform bird of the Accipitridae family. It is a neotropical bird that, during the spring, migrates to southern Brazil to reproduce. Also known as Itapema and Scissor-tailed kite. It is one of the most spectacular hawks, due to the profile formed by the long black tail in a "V" shape, giving rise to the popular name. The body is slender, with very small feet and legs. Females are larger than males. It reaches a length of 52 to 66 centimeters. The wings have a wingspan of 120-135 centimeters. The maximum weight for males is 407 grams and 435 grams for females. Its typical tail, with external lines longer than the others, and when open presents the shape of a scissors, is the characteristic that gives the common name to this bird.


Sorry for the low quality of the photos, they were taken from my backyard, in a rainy, dark morning...

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Sergio Monteiro
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Sergio Monteiro

Santa Catarina, Brazil

Spotted on Nov 11, 2021
Submitted on Nov 11, 2021

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