! Mississippi Kites usually pair up at the wintering range or during migration. Despite the name, it is most common on the southern Great Plains. While watching what I thought was a male Mississippi Kite guarding a nest in our yard...it became clear the "he" was a "she" and now we'll be looking for some fledglings in a couple months! They often return to their previously used, simple stick nests, or they may construct new ones. One of our most graceful fliers, this kite glides, circles, and swoops in pursuit of large flying insects. Breeding activities commence as soon as they arrive in their breeding range, which is usually in late May or early June. An active Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) nest was confirmed in Mecklenburg County in 2014. Citrus county FL. During the 2011 Mississippi Kite breeding season, temperatures in the Lubbock area set new monthly “all-time-high records,” surpassing previous records by 1.4–1.7°C. This small, pointed-winged kite looks more like a falcon than any other of our kites. More Bent Life History for the Mississippi Kite - the common name and sub-species reflect the nomenclature in use at the time the description was written. This nest is the westernmost nesting of the Mississippi Kite reported in North Carolina and provides evidence for a western expansion of its breeding range here. Mississippi Kite is a migratory raptor that has successfully colonized urban habitats (parks, golf courses, residential neighborhoods) in the western portion of its breeding range over the last several decades. Mating and feeding with a lizard delivery. Mississippi Kites are abundant and are often mistaken for Swallow-tailed Kites because both have long pointed wings and similar flight patterns. The most notable difference between these two kites is the shape of the tail: the Mississippi Kite has a shorter, rectangular shaped tail, while the Swallow-tailed Kite has a very long, deeply forked tail. Breeding / Nesting. Between June and September 2011, temperatures above 32.2°C were recorded for 100 consecutive d, with 48 d reaching temperatures over 37.8°C. Mississippi Kites sometimes hunt in groups even during the breeding season, but migration is the time when the largest groups of kites can be observed. One of our most graceful fliers, this kite glides, circles, and swoops in pursuit of large flying insects.