- 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.
This species is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists species most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action.
- 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.