The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season. More on reading these maps.
One of the world’s most graceful hawks, the Swallow-tailed Kite is a common and widespread bird in much of the Americas, from Argentina north to the southeastern U.S., where, at the edge of its range, it is scarcer. Individuals that nest in the U.S. spend winter in the tropics, so the model makes only a summer projection. At this season, Audubon's climate mode projects a 70 percent loss of current summer range, but an explosive expansion into the southeast. Most of this, however, is shown in places where the species already lives. Swallow-tailed Kites used to breed as far north as the Mississippi Valley and Minnesota. A warming continent may make that a possibility again.