- 19.7–25.2 in
- 48 in
- 13.1–21.2 oz
- Le Milan de la Caroline, Milan à queue fourchue (French)
- Gavilan tijereta, Gavilan cola de tijera (Spanish)
- The Swallow-tailed Kite rarely flap its wings while flying, but it almost continuously rotates its tail, often to nearly 90 degrees, in order to hold a heading, make a sharp turn, or trace tight circles while drifting across the sky.
- The Swallow-tailed Kite frequently eats while flying.
Forested regions, often bottomland, or riverine forest, also open pine woodland.
- Condition at Hatching
- Helpless and covered in down.
Population in United States appears stable.
- Meyer, K. D. 1995. Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus). In The Birds of North America, No. 138 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, and The American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.