White-tailed Kite Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A small to medium-sized raptor with narrow, pointed wings and a long tail. When perched, it looks rather big-headed with a long and skinny body.

    Relative Size

    Larger than an American Kestrel, smaller than a Northern Harrier.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 12.6-15.0 in (32-38 cm)
      • Weight: 10.6-12.7 oz (300-360 g)
      • Wingspan: 39.0-43.3 in (99-110 cm)