Lakeside Nature Center
Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center Summer, 2010.
Our US Fish and Wildlife Services agent brought in the young Mississippi kite from a destroyed nest site along the Missouri river outside of Columbia. It still had down and was not flighted, but seemed healthy otherwise. A few weeks went by and naturalists noticed a wing droop. X-rays showed a calcified 35 degree fracture of both the right radius and ulna. Our veterinarian thinks this was a greenstick fracture (a bending fracture in young growing bones) that went undetected on initial exam and worsened as the soft bone came in contact with the cage while the bird was practicing flying. Such a drastic deformity would not allow us to release the bird, so LNC has received permission to keep the kite as our newest education bird.
Natural history notes.
Check out this kite's picture gallery.
For more information on Mississippi Kites, check out the Critter Corner entry.