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.