bird photography portfolio of kites. Kite Wiki Kite
, any of numerous birds of prey belonging to one of three subfamilies (Milvinae, Elaninae, Perninae) of the family Accipitridae. Typically, a kite
is lightly built, with a small head, partly bare face, short beak, and long narrow wings and tail. Kites
occur worldwide in warm regions. Some kites
live on insects; others are primarily scavengers but also eat rodents and reptiles, and a few are strictly snail eaters. Kites
are buoyant in flight, slowly flapping and gliding with wings angled back. Several species are as graceful as terns.
The Snail Kites
, found only in the New World, also belong to the subfamily Milvinae. They have sickle-shaped beaks adapted to feeding on snails, their only food. The best known is the Snail Kite
or Everglade Kite
(Rostrhamus sociabilis), now rare in Florida and Cuba but occurring in numbers in eastern Mexico, Central America, and most of eastern South America. It is a blackish or slate-coloured bird, about 50 cm long, with red eyes and white tail-base.
There are several collective nouns for a group of kites
including skyful, string, quiver, bridle or a wake. I think that a group of Snail Kites
should be a shell! See what I did there?
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