Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

December 1985


The Mississippi Kite is a small diurnal bird of prey which nests throughout the southern Great Plains Its aggressive behavior during nesting has created problems for residents in suburban areas. The removal of the nest and relocation of the eggs and young will end the attacks by the parent birds. The eggs are incubated and the resulting young, as well as other young removed from problem nests, are then placed in foster nests in more remote areas. Preliminary results indicated this will be a very successful way of dealing with the young of problem kites and is an effective way of resolving the issue.