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    White-tailed Kite Identification

    Adult Description

    Medium-sized hawk. Long, narrow, pointed wings. Long white tail. Gray back and wings. White face and underside. Black spot on inner portion of wings. Eyes red.

    Immature Description

    Juvenile similar to adult, but with buffy streaks on breast and head, gray with white-tipped (scalloped) feathers on back, and yellow eyes.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween crow and goosebetween crow and goose
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 12.6-15.0 in (32-38 cm)
      • Weight: 10.6-12.7 oz (300-360 g)