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Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis (MIKI)

ORDER: Accipitriformes

FAMILY: Accipitridae


Ellie came to us in August 2016, from Pitt County with a fractured left wing. Her radius and ulna where broken and healed but as they did, they fused together making her unable to fly.


Mississippi Kites come to the US in the spring to breed and raise their young. When fall comes they migrate all the way to South America for the winter. These birds are quite striking in appearance with their slate gray bodies, black tipped wings and mature adults have gorgeous red eyes and legs. They eat a variety of prey including insects, snakes, frogs, small birds and small mammals (mice, bats etc). They

even eat “on the wing,” which means they catch prey (usually insects) and eat while flying.

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