swallow-tailed kite

noun
an American kite, Elanoides forficatus, having black upper parts, white head and underparts, and a long, deeply forked tail.

Origin:
1870–75

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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.
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