Swallow-tailed kites are not listed as endangered or threatened by the federal government in the United States. They are listed as endangered by the state of South Carolina and as threatened by the state of Texas. They are listed as “rare” by the state of Georgia.
Since we live in South Carolina they are endangered. We saw this sign at the boat ramp in Georgetown and I am glad I snapped the picture.. We Have 2 of the Swallow Tailed Kites on and around our property.
I have reported the sighting to http://www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org
After I input this is what the thank you page had to say:
Thank you for reporting your Swallow-Tailed Kite Sighting
The Swallow-tailed Kite is an endangered-species in South Carolina and considered a species of highest conservation concern throughout its breeding range in North America. As a conspicuous and easily identifiable species, the Swallow-tailed Kite is an excellent candidate for a citizen-science monitoring program. Because they are striking and awe-inspiring birds, Swallow-tailed Kites may act as a flagship for the conservation of the threatened habitats that they are associated with – bottomland-hardwood forests and grasslands. Thank you for helping the SC Working Group for Swallow-tailed Kites and the national Swallow-tailed Kite Conservation Alliance monitor Swallow-tailed Kite distribution, identify important nesting and foraging areas, and promote conservation of this important species and their habitats by reporting sightings and contributing to the Citizen-Science for Swallow-tailed Kite database. If you have questions about the study or how this information will be used call the STKI Hotline toll free 1-866-971-7474.
Also got to love wikipedia because of coure I had to find out more!!!
Here is what we learned.
The species is 50 to 68 cm (20 to 27 in) in length, with a wingspan of approximately 1.12–1.36 m (3.7–4.5 ft). Male and female individuals appear similar. The body weight is 310–600 g (11–21 oz). The body is a contrasting deep black and white. The flight feathers, tail, feet, bill are all black. Another characteristic is the elongated, forked tail at 27.5–37 centimetres (10.8–14.6 in), hence the name swallow-tailed. The wings are also relatively elongated, as the wing chord measures 39–45 cm (15–18 in). The tarsus is fairly short for the size of the bird at 3.3 cm (1.3 in).
Young swallow-tailed kites are duller in color than the adults, and the tail is not as deeply forked.
Ours must be older they are very defined in color and beautiful..
Mating occurs from March to May, with the female laying 2 to 4 eggs. Incubation lasts 28 days, and 36 to 42 days to fledge.