Monday, July 29, 2013

Raptor of the Week: Mississippi Kite

Mississippi Kite
Ictinia mississippiensis

This graceful bird now regularly occurs in Iowa, being reported each year. It
returned in 1978 after an absence of some seventy years. There are historic
records of nesting in Iowa; in modern times, it has nested in Polk County in
1995 and succeeding years, and there is recent evidence of probable nesting in

The Raptors of Iowa, paintings by James F. Landenberger

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