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    Mississippi Kite Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Mississippi Kites are slender, fairly small raptors with long, pointed wings. The tail is fairly long and square-tipped. The strongly hooked bill is small and delicate.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Rock Pigeon; smaller than a Peregrine Falcon.

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 13.4-14.6 in (34-37 cm)
        • Weight: 7.6-9.5 oz (216-269 g)