The Swallow-tailed Kites have returned from migration here on Sanibel Island and elsewhere in Florida and we have seen them in numerous places.
These beautiful birds winter mainly in South America
and return to the Southeast U.S. to breed. Note the interesting pattern on the topside of the wing.
Swallow-tailed Kites catch insects in the air and may pluck lizards from trees. They nest in woodlands and forested wetlands and build nests in trees. What a show they can put on. Look for them and you may be lucky enough to see these beautiful birds.