Mississippi Kite

Ictinia mississippiensis

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

MIKI

Code 6

ICTMIS

ITIS

HEAD

Mississippi Kite Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Juvenile altering gradually to orange-brown and then bright red. Adult bright carmen or scarlet red, with white irises seen.
  • Head pattern: Plain, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: Gray
  • Forehead Color: Gray
  • Nape Color: Gray
  • Throat Color: Gray
  • Cere color: Gray

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BODY

Mississippi Kite Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 33-43 cm (13-17 in)
  • Weight: 357 g (12.6 oz)
  • Size: Medium (9 - 16 in)
  • Color Primary: Gray
  • Underparts: Gray
  • Upperparts: Gray
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Mississippi Kite Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Buoyant flight with steady wingbeats., Sometimes alternates several wing strokes with short to long glides.
  • Wingspan Range: 86-94 cm (34-37 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Notched Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid Black.
  • Upper Tail: Black
  • Under Tail: Black
  • Leg Color: Orange-yellow
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