The Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) breeds from southeast USA to east Peru and north Argentina. It lives in hilly or mountainous terrain with at least scattered remnants of humid forest. It is 58 cm (23 inches) heights and 480 g weights.
In adults the head, underparts, and wing linings are white. Its mantle and flight feathers are black. Youngers are similar, but head and chest are lightly streaked with dusky, and back is spotted with white. It feeds on insects, birds, lizards and snakes.