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Mississippi kite, USFWS Photo
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Ictinia
Vieillot, 1816

I. mississippiensis
I. plumbea

Ictinia is a genus of birds in the Accipitridae family. It contains two species:

Both of these species are native to the Americas. The name Ictinia was first published by Vieillot in 1816.[1][2]


  1. ^ Vieillot. "Ictinia". In Saunders, Howard. Vieillot's Analyse d'une nouvelle ornithologie élémentaire.  (1883 reprint of Vieillot's 1816 book.)
  2. ^ Peterson, Alan P. "Birds of the world: current valid scientific avian names". Zoonomen. Retrieved 6 April 2016.