Mississippi Kite
Mississippi Kite
An adult female perched.
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Superorder: Accipitrimorphae
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Buteoninae
Tribe: Buteonini
Genus: Ictinia
Species: I. mississippiensis
Binomial name
Ictinia mississippiensis
Linneaus, 1758

Falco misisippiensis Wilson, 1811
Ictinia misisippiensis (Wilson, 1811)

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Dark falcon-shaped kite.[2] Note short outer primary and flared tail.[2] All ages show black spot in front and black ring around eyes.[2] Adult plumage is acquired in two years.[2] Wingtips exceed tail tip.[2]

Similar species

Plumbeous Kites have rufous on primaries and have three thin white bars on tail[3]. Perched birds' wingtips extend beyond tail[3].







  1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). "Ictinia mississippiensis". 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Clark, William S.; Brian K. Wheeler (2011). Hawks of North America, 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 12. ISBN 0395670675.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help);
  3. ^ a b Garrigues, Richard and Dean, Robert (2007). The Birds of Costa Rica. Zona Tropical Publication. ISBN 9780801473739. 

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