Adult bird: A long deeply forked tail and distinctive black and white plumage
make this kite easy to identify. Head and underparts are white, except for the black tail
and primary flight feathers. The back is also black.
Breeding adult: No
Immature bird: Similar
to adult but tail is shorter and primaries and tail are tipped white.
Black-shouldered and Mississippi Kites.
Habitat: Wooded swamps,
marshes and hardwood forests.
Breeding: In Florida,
March - June.