Kite (bird)

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Black kite.jpg
Milvus migrans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae

Kite is a common name for birds of the family Accipitridae.[1]

Some authors use the terms "hovering kite" and "soaring kite" to distinguish between Elanus and the milvine kites, respectively.[according to whom?] The groups may also be differentiated by size, referring to milvine kites as "large kites", and elanine kites as "small kites".

A few of the Perninae are also called kites.

In Mythology[edit]

Isis is said in Ancient Egyptian mythology to have taken the form of a kite in various situations in order to resurrect the dead.[2]


  1. ^ "kite". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 24 Nov. 2014 <>.
  2. ^ "Isis the Goddess." Egyptian Gods. Siteseen Ltd., June 2014. Web. 24 Nov. 2014. <>.

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