Mississippi Kite
An adult male perched.
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Superorder: Accipitrimorphae
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Buteoninae
Tribe: Buteonini
Genus: Ictinia
Species: I. mississippiensis
Binomial name
Ictinia mississippiensis
Linneaus, 1758

Falco misisippiensis Wilson, 1811
Ictinia misisippiensis (Wilson, 1811)

Other names

Blue kite, Louisiana kite, mosquito hawk[2]


Dark falcon-shaped kite[3]. Note short outer primary and flared tail [3]. All ages show black spot in front and black ring around eyes[3]. Adult plumage is acquired in two years[3]. Wingtips exceed tail tip[3].

Similar species

Plumbeous Kites have rufous on primaries and have three thin white bars on tail[4]. Perched birds' wingtips extend beyond tail[4].







  1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). "Ictinia mississippiensis". 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 0394466519. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Clark, William S.; Brian K. Wheeler (2011). Hawks of North America, 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 12. ISBN 0395670675.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help);
  4. ^ a b Garrigues, Richard and Dean, Robert (2007). The Birds of Costa Rica. Zona Tropical Publication. ISBN 9780801473739. 

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