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The species is around 55 to 65 cm in length, with a wingspan of approximately 1.3 m. Male and female individuals appear similar. The body is contrasting black and white. The flight feathers, tail, feet, bill are all black. Another characteristic is the forked tail, hence the name swallow-tailed.
Young Swallow-tailed Kites are duller in color and the tail is not as deeply forked.
Habitat and migration
The species migrates over long distances to South America in the winter.
Sometime a high-pitched chirp is emitted; though the birds mostly remain silent.
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