Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Hawks, Eagles and Kites :: Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): American Swallow-tailed Kite
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


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Se. United States, Central America and tropical South America;
(1) Se. United States (peninsular Florida with disjunct populations in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and e. Texas at least formerly) and n. Mexico. West Indies. Formerly as far n. in the United States as Minnesota.
Ranges n. during migration to s. Canada and sw. United States.
Winters in South America.
(2) S. Mexico (Campeche, Quintana Roo), Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama into South America in Colombia, Benezuela, Trinidad, Guyana, Surinam, Guiana, e. Ecuador, e. Peru, Bolivia and Brazil (Bahia) to Uruguay, and n. Argentina (Jujuy, Salta, e. Chaco, Misiones, Corrientes) and w. of the Andes s in w. Ecuador (Mindo) to nw. Peru (Tumbes).
North America n. of Mexican border
Summer: se. LOU, s. MIS, s. ALA, FLA, ex. sw. and e. GEO, se. SCA.
Migrates s. of United States in winter;


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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