Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

American Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) - HBW 2, p. 112

French: Milan à queue fourchue German: Schwalbenweih Spanish: Elanio Tijereta
Other common names: Swallow-tailed Kite

Taxonomy: Falco forficatus Linnaeus, 1758, America = Carolina.
Not clearly or closely related to any other genus, but some similarities with Elanus and the Pernis group. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • forficatus (Linnaeus, 1758) - coastal SE USA to N Mexico.
  • yetapa (Vieillot, 1818) - S Mexico (except Yucatán) S through Central America (excluding El Salvador) to E Bolivia, Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).