Mississippi Kites in Nichols Hills

The Mississippi Kite is a hawk like bird that lives in serveral of the Parks throughout Nichols Hills. It has a body length of 13 - 17 inches, a wingspan of 3 feet, and weighs 7 1/2 - 12 ounces.

Kites roosts and nests in woodlands, riparian zones, and tree clusters. When hunting, this kite prefers woodland edges, grasslands, savannas, and human-altered areas, like farms and towns. Mississippi Kites spend the summer in the southern United States and migrate as far south as northern Argentina in the winter.

Mississippi Kites are very good parents.  They do not sit idly by if they feel that their young are in danger.  If the adult Kites feel that the need is warranted, they may even fly towards the object that they think is a threat to their babies.  The purpose of these "dive-bombing" flights is, of course, to scare away the person (etc.) that they feel is getting much too close to their nest.

These "dive-bombing" flights that make the Kites a special attraction during July and August along the many running trails in scenic Nichols Hills.

For additional information see "Mississippi Kites" in th Animal Control section of our website.

Pictures courtesy of Pat Velte: http://www.backyardbirdcam.com



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