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Mississippi Kite

Ictinia mississippiensis

Description:

a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is 12 to 15 inches (30–37 cm) beak to tail and has a wingspan averaging 3 feet (91 cm). Weight is from 214 to 388 grams (7.6-13.7 oz).[1] Adults are gray with darker gray on their tail feathers and outer wings and lighter gray on their heads and inner wings. Males and females look alike, but the males are slightly paler on the head and neck.

Habitat:

Mississippi Kites breed across the central and southern United States. Breeding territory has expanded in recent years and Mississippi Kites have been regularly recorded in the southern New England states and a pair has successfully raised young as far north as Newmarket, New Hampshire.[3] They migrate to southern subtropical South America in the winter. Mississippi Kites usually lay two white eggs (rarely one or three) in twig nests that rest in a variety of deciduous trees. In the past 75 years, they have undergone changes in nesting habitat from use of forest and savanna to include shelterbelts and are now very common nesters in urban area that are highly populated in the western south-central states.

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2 Comments

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Nice shots! I'd love you to add this spotting to the mission Raptors of North America: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8627...

CoastalJHawk
CoastalJHawk 9 years ago

Great pics! I love seeing these birds.

artistatheart
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artistatheart

Montevallo, Alabama, USA

Spotted on Jul 2, 2012
Submitted on Jul 3, 2012

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