White-tailed KiteElanus leucurus
- ORDER: Accipitriformes
- FAMILY: Accipitridae
A medium-sized raptor of open grasslands and savannas, the White-tailed Kite is readily identified by its bright plumage and its habit of hovering while hunting for small mammals.More ID Info
- Milano Cola Blanca (Spanish)
- Élanion à queue blanche (French)
- Cool Facts
- During the nonbreeding season, the White-tailed Kite roosts communally, with more than 100 individuals counted at some roosts.
- Although some populations fluctuate regularly in size, it is unknown whether the White-tailed Kite is migratory, nomadic, or both.
- The oldest recorded White-tailed Kite was at least 6 years old when it was found in California.