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Mississippi Kite

Ictinia mississippiensis ORDER: ACCIPITRIFORMES FAMILY: ACCIPITRIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A graceful, long-winged raptor, the Mississippi Kite is found in scattered localities across the southern and central United States.

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Appearance

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Adult Description

Medium-sized hawk. Long, narrow, pointed wings. Long black tail. Head pearly gray. Body darker gray. Pale patch on rear edge of wings as seen from above.

Immature Description

Juvenile with heavy brown streaks on underparts.

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