Predators of the Swallow-Tailed Kite in Southern Louisiana and Mississippi

  title={Predators of the Swallow-Tailed Kite in Southern Louisiana and Mississippi},
  author={Jennifer O. Coulson and Thomas J. D. Coulson and Sherry A. DeFrancesch and Thomas W. Sherry},
ABSTRACT We quantified predation on Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) eggs, nestlings, fledglings, and adults on the breeding grounds, Louisiana and Mississippi, U.S.A. Methods included monitoring nests and radio-tagged kites, as well as using Principal Components Analysis to quantify the mobbing intensity of adults toward potential avian predators and other birds that approached nests. We detected 65 predation events while monitoring 317 nesting attempts (1997–2006) and 103 radio… Expand
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