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White-Tailed Kite

Elanus leucurus

The White-Tailed Kite is resident (non-migratory) wherever it is found. It is usually found in open grasslands where it can be seen hovering in a fixed aerial position. This is where it gets its ‘kite’ name. In the USA they can be found though much of California, western Oregon, parts of southern Texas, and southern Florida. These birds are declining in numbers. Observers say we’ve lost 36% between 1970 and 2014. Urban and suburban development have had a negative impact on the success of these birds.

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