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Mississippi Kite

Ictinia mississippiensis


A relatively small Bird of Prey with pointed wings, light grey head with dark eye patch, grey wings with black wing tips, dark feathers on upper side and banded underside of tail. They are skilled and agile flyers in order to catch insects and dragonflies in-flight. They are spectacular to watch, hunt, and dive.


Bottomland hardwood forests of the Southeast and in tree-lined areas of the southern prairies including windbreaks, shelterbelts, parks, and urban areas.


This Kite has migrated through my neighborhood and used this tree as a perch for the past 7 years as far as I can remember.

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Hahira, Georgia, USA

Lat: 30.99, Long: -83.37

Spotted on May 6, 2018
Submitted on May 24, 2018

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