Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)

Order: Accipitriformes Family: Accipitridae IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. San Martin, Peru

 Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~57 cm (22.4 in). The Swallow-tailed kite is unmistakable black and white with a deeply forked tail. It is more often seen in flight foraging in singles or small loose flocks. No other bird shows a combination of a striking black and white plumage and a deeply forked tail.

Status: The Swallow-tailed Kite is widespread and fairly common in Amazonia and also in the semi-deciduous forest of northwest Peru. It is known to range up to 2200 m along the foothill of the Andes. Its migratory or resident status is poorly understood. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Elanio Tijereta.

Sub-species: Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus yetapa), Vieillot 1818.

Meaning of Name: Elanoides: Gr. Elanus= hawk and oid= like or related to the genus Elanus. forficatus: forficata, forficatus, Forfex, forficis= forceps, scissors.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 01/01/2015.