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swallow-tailed kite

an American kite, Elanoides forficatus, having black upper parts, white head and underparts, and a long, deeply forked tail.
Origin of swallow-tailed kite
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Many birds inhabit this swampy country, including the swallow-tailed kite, a delicate and strikingly colored raptor.
  • Landowners are protecting nesting areas and roosting sites for the swallow-tailed kite, especially in southeastern timberlands.
  • These wetland areas support a number of listed at-risk species and migratory birds such as the swallow-tailed kite.
  • Don't forget to look up to catch a glimpse of a red-shoulder hawk, swallow-tailed kite or osprey.
  • The swallow-tailed kite, a state endangered species, is frequently seen soaring over the forest with its long forked tail.
  • Osprey, swallow-tailed kite, and bald eagle activity peaks during late spring.

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