Birds Living II by Richard Stade - RStade

Mississippi Kite – Feeding on the wing

Ictinia mississippiensis

May – Texas

L=14” ...... WS=31” ...... WT= 10 oz Order: Falconiformes (Diurnal Birds of prey) Family: Accipitridae (Hawks and Allies)

Mississippi Kites are acrobatic flyers who catch insects from a perch or on the wing. They are highly migratory wintering in South America and migrate in large flocks. The individuals on the next two pages were feeding on insects high in the air.