White-tailed Kite

Elanus leucurus

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Basic Information

Order

Accipitriformes

Family

Accipitridae

Size

White-tailed Kites are generally between 12.5 and 15.25 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 6 years

Weight

White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) facts, habitat, range, bird pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the bird of prey.

Diet

insects, small mammals, Birds

Behavior

Hovering

Range

Pacific Coast - Pacific Mountain Ranges

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

4–5 Eggs

Egg Description

White with brown spots

Condition at Hatching

Feeble, down covered

Social Status

Colonies

Wingspan

39–41 in

What does the White-tailed Kite look like?

White-tailed Kites are medium sized birds of prey. They have long slender pointed gray wings, long white tails, red eyes, gray backs and white faces and chests and a black area on their underwings.

White-tailed Kite Habitat

Grasslands

White-tailed Kite Facts

White-tailed Kites are a showy white bird of prey. Ranchers who thought they killed chickens decimated their population, however they feed nearly exclusively on insects and small rodents. Their populations have since rebounded. During non-breeding season White-tailed Kites roost communally, often with more than 100 other birds. When hunting they hover similar to the American Kestrel then dive upon prey. They are often observed perched along treetops from the trail.

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