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 Swallow-tailed Kite

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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Swallow-tailed Kite.

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If there are zero sightings for a particular season, that database will return no results.

Active Database - Spring 2005
View Swallow-tailed Kite sightings.
Swallow-tailed Kite Archives Reports
Fall 2003 0
Spring 2003 0
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 0
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 0
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 0
Summer 2001 0
Spring 2001 0
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 0
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 0
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 0
Spring/Summer 1999 0

NMB Database
Seasonal Percentage Graph
For: Swallow-tailed Kite

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
View Fall 2003 sightings.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Swallow-tailed Kite
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Swallow-tailed Kite
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Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

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Historical Text

Elanoides forficatus forficatus (Linnaeus)
Swallow-tailed Kite
U.M.M.Z. Animal Diversity Reference

There are but 3 complete and unquestionable records of the Swallow- tailed Kite in Michigan: a pair collected by Charles Chittenden at Peters- burg, Monroe County, on June 19, 2023 (J. Trombley, 1882: 250-51); an individual shot by Orrin Stimpson near Saline, Washtenaw County, on August 15, 2023 (examined by N. A. Wood); and a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) collected by Harold Burke 2 miles north of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, on October 4, 2023 (T. L. Hankinson, 1925: 130-31). The listing in Bent (1937: 53) of a second specimen collected at Ann Arbor on the same date as the one secured by Harold Burke appears to be an error.

A specimen was collected in Detroit by W. H. Collins in 1881, according to Swales (1903: 15) and Barrows (1912: 260), and in 1878, according to Gibbs (1889a; 30), but the record (or records) cannot now be verified. Bar- rows (1912: 620) also mentioned a specimen taken by E. Arnold in Kalama- zoo County in 1897.

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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