Swallow-tailed Kites

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Swallow-tailed Kites have begun migrating back into Central Florida, and I thought it would be appropriate to commemorate their arrival with a tribute here. These kites are easily recognizable by the white head and body, black on their wings, and a deeply forked, black tail.

These are one of my absolute favorite species of birds. They are found in Central Florida mostly between March and August, and they can be found in woodlands and forested wetlands. I enjoy that they are often seen here near residential parks. In the summer, I often see them flying overhead on my way to work. In fact, I wonder how many birders have rear-ended the cars in front of them after seeing these elegant birds in flight.

Swallow-tailed Kite

Their diet consists of large insects and small reptiles, amphibians and mammals. They are such skilled and graceful fliers, they can even eat their prey while flying.

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kites are listed as a species of least concern, but habitat destruction has led to a decline in numbers, especially in Georgia, South Carolina and Texas. For more on nature, bird, and wildlife photography, seeLearn Outdoor Photography.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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Bob Brown
Bob Brown

I live in Ft. Caroline and I have noticed two of these very cool birds flying around my house a lot lately. I could watch forever!

Marian
Marian

WE HAD TO GOOGLE THIS BIRD…SO GRACEFULLY FLYING!  VERY AERODYNAMIC!  FLYING IN MY AREA OF MIAMI, FLORIDA
Marian

Darren
Darren

Lovely photos of these birds in flight!

Julie Brown

Scott, thanks for providing that primer on Swallow-tailed kites. I will be in Labelle, FL in a few weeks and hope to get some photos of these birds.