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Swallow-tailed Kite

Elanoides forficatus


Striking black-and-white coloring, with white head and body and black wings and tail. Long, thin, pointed wings and long forked tail.


Often seen flying over fields and small ponds. captures flying insects or plucks insects and lizards from the tops of trees.


Interesting Fact: The Swallow-tailed Kite rarely flap its wings while flying, but it almost continuously rotates its tail, often to nearly 90 degrees, in order to hold a heading, make a sharp turn, or trace tight circles while drifting across the sky.

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Florida, USA

Lat: 30.41, Long: -83.76

Spotted on Apr 29, 2012
Submitted on Apr 30, 2012

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