Roosting habits of the Swallow-tailed Kite.

Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) Science Article 5

abstract

Surinam the Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) is one of the commonest raptors. Present all through the year and sociable at all seasons, it usually occurs in flocks of up to 30 individuals. My records show no evidence that its numbers are augmented at any particular season by migrating birds from the north or south. Apart from a nest with a closely sitting bird on 19 March, with the other one circling above the nest tree, I further saw a pair, one of them with a large bunch of moss in its bill, circling above the forest on 6 March but, though they were still present on 13 March, I failed to locate their nest

F. HAVERSCHMIDT, The Auk, 94(2)

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