The White-tailed Kite Is Quite The Hunter!

The White-tailed Kite Is Quite The Hunter!

A member of the Hawks and Eagle family this ghost like bird is beautiful to watch, especially when they are hunting.

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There is a park that I know where every time I go there I see a pair of White-tailed Kites. The last time I was there, I think I saw them within the first 5 minutes of walking into the park! I did however find another pair at a different park where I had never seen them before.

This pair was hunting, they would fly over open country, pause frequently, hover and look around to see what’s on the ground below. When they saw its prey, the Kite dove down and caught it in their talons.

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The Kite used to eat mostly voles, but since the introduction in the US of the European house mouse, they eat mostly mice. In the 1940s the White-tailed Kite was considered endangered and very rare, but over the years their numbers have greatly increased and they have begun to spread into new areas throughout North America.

 

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