- Phaethon lepturus
- Albatrosses & Allies
The White-tailed Kite is a species of raptor that lives in parts of the Americas, including the west coast of the United States, through much of Central America, the southern part of Florida, and large parts of South America.
White-tailed Kites roost communally outside of the breeding season, forming flocks of 100 or more individual birds.
White-tailed Kites perform an amazing aerial display during courtship. Male birds offer gifts of prey to the female, who accepts the gift in flight. The male will hover while the female flies up to retrieve the prey by flipping upside-down mid-air and grabbing the food item in her powerful talons.
|Hatched||Added to Birdorable on: 22 May 2012|
|Scientific Name||Elanus leucurus|
|Birdorable Family||Birds of Prey|
(as of 28 March 2017)
12.6 to 15 inches
300 to 360 ounces
|Range||North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)|