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About the Mississippi Kite

The Mississippi Kite is a medium-sized bird of prey that breeds in parts of the southern United States. These migratory raptors winter in south-central South America, flying thousands of miles between breeding and wintering grounds.

Adult Mississippi Kites are grey overall, with darker feathers at the tail and bottom-most underparts, and show paler feathers closer to the head. Adult birds have striking scarlet-red eyes.

Mississippi Kites dine on insects caught on the fly, plus small reptiles, amphibians, and even small mammals. These lovely birds nest colonially, high up in trees.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 May 2012
Scientific Name Ictinia mississippiensis
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Ictinia
  • I. mississippiensis
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
13.4 to 14.6 inches
35 to 36 inches
7.5 to 13.7 ounces
Range North America Central America South America United States (East)

International Names

  • Sauveiro-do-norte (Brazilian)
  • luňák mississipský (Czech)
  • Falkeglente (Danish)
  • Mississippiwouw (Dutch)
  • sirkkahaukka (Finnish)
  • Milan du Mississippi (French)
  • Mississippiweih (German)
  • Ittinia del Mississippi (Italian)
  • ミシシッピアトビ [mishishippi-tobi] (Japanese)
  • Mississippiglente (Norwegian)
  • cykadojad jasnoglowy (Polish)
  • Миссисипский коршун (Russian)
  • Elanio del Mississipí (Spanish)
  • Mississippiglada (Swedish)

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