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swallow-tailed kite

an American kite, Elanoides forficatus, having black upper parts, white head and underparts, and a long, deeply forked tail.
Origin of swallow-tailed kite
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The length of the beak would probably exclude from consideration, the swallow-tailed kite that also occurs in the region.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • "A swallow-tailed kite," Knight said as the bird dropped suddenly into clearer view.

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