White-tailed Kite

Elanus leucurus

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

WTKI

Code 6

ELALEU

ITIS

HEAD

White-tailed Kite Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Brown in juveniles and red in adults. Color changes at about 6 months.
  • Head pattern: Plain, Eyering
  • Crown Color: White
  • Forehead Color: White
  • Nape Color: White
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: Yellow

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BODY

White-tailed Kite Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 38-43 cm (15-17 in)
  • Weight: 340 g (12 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: White, Gray
  • Underparts: White
  • Upperparts: Gray
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

White-tailed Kite Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Slow measured deep wing beats., Soars on thermals and updrafts.
  • Wingspan Range: 102-107 cm (40-42 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Notched Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid White
  • Upper Tail: White with gray central feather.
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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