A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!

Swallow Tail Kite

Elanoides forficatus

Description:

The kite is the larger bird in the photographs. Large bird with split tail, white underside with black wingtips. I am not exactly sure what the small bird is chasing it. 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.

Habitat:

Forested regions, also open pine woodland. This one makes its home at the local plant nursery pond.

Notes:

While taking photos at the local plant nursery pond. I noticed this kite being chased, and at times dive bombed by this smaller bird. I am thinking the small bird might be a tree swallow...but not sure.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

7 Comments

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Thank you Christy, it has now been added

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 7 years ago

Very neat series!! I would love you to add this to Raptors of North America mission: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8627...

EvaDeDiegoZamarro
EvaDeDiegoZamarro 7 years ago

great!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Thank you East End, just after I took these, there was a larger black bird (possibly a crow) chasing a bald eagle. I hope to be posting them today or tomorrow as well. Just goes to show size doesn't matter when protecting ones territory, partner, nests, or young :)

Great series Mary! I usually see small birds chasing crows where I am. They're trying to defend their nests, I think.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Thank you Laura :)

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 7 years ago

Wow!! What a beautiful bird, and the photos are stunning, what movement! I love it, especially against the vivid blue sky :)

MaryEvans2
Spotted by
MaryEvans2

Monticello, Florida, USA

Lat: 30.54, Long: -83.87

Spotted on May 20, 2012
Submitted on May 21, 2012

Related Spottings

Swallow-tailed Kite Swallow-tailed kite Swallow-tailed Kite Swallow-tailed Kite

Nearby Spottings

Double-crested Cormorant Yellow-bellied slider Tall Verbena Turkey Vulture (Juvenile)