Sunday, June 28, 2015

White-tailed Kite

As we continued north up the Texas coast last March, we photographed this White-tailed Kite. These kites almost became extinct in the early 1900s. But numbers have rebounded, and the kite’s range has expanded north along the Texas coast and up the Pacific Coast all the way up to Washington. The species is also found in southern Florida and Mexico south through South America.

Unfortunately, recently kite numbers have again declined, presumably due to habitat loss (Dunk 1995). These raptors inhabit savannas, where they hover-hunt for small mammals. Threats to savannas include conversion to agriculture and urbanization. My June 2012 blog post contains a bit more information on White-tailed Kites.

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