Fork-Tailed Kite

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“The fork-tailed kite, (N. furcatus) is twenty-five inches long; the wings and tail black; neck and under parts white; the tail-feathers, twelve in number, are deeply forked, the lateral ones excessively elongated. It feeds on snakes, lizards, and frogs ; it also devours grasshoppers, locusts, and wasps, making attacks on the nests of the latter. This species is common in the South and Southwestern States, and also in the Western States, as far north as Wisconsin.” &mdash Goodrich, 1859


Birds: J-L


S. G. Goodrich Animal Kingdom Illustrated Vol 2 (New York, NY: Derby & Jackson, 1859)


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