Baking: Mississippi Kite

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Ictinia mississippiensis

Length: 10-15 in Wingspan: 30-35 in Weight: 0.5-1 lbs

Identification:

Medium gray back and wings, lightening to light gray on head and secondaries. Dark striped tail.

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Distribution:

39430931

Range map by Neotropical Birds

Cool Facts:

Mississippi Kites in the western part of their range often nest colonially, an unusual practice for a raptor. These birds have also been observed building their nests near wasp nests, which may protect chicks against climbing predators.

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References:

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