Swallow-tailed Kite (#18-1520)

Swallow-tailed Kite (#18-1520)
May 03 2018

A very unique bird, the swallow-tailed kite spends most of its time in the air cruising over swamps and marshes while it hunts for food.

This adult swallow-tailed kite was admitted to the#CROWClinic after it was hit by a car. The bird suffered a fractured right coracoid, which is similar to a collarbone in humans. It was placed in a body wrap to stabilize its wing, given pain medications and placed in the O2 chamber.

Status Updates

Tail guard placed - May 04 2018 4:35 pm

A tail guard was placed on the kite to protect its long tail feathers from being damaged while it is in recovery.


Removed from O2 - May 05 2018 9:40 am

The kite was removed from the O2 chamber after stabilizing from the trauma of its accident and intake exam. It regurgitated the insectivore slurry it was fed last night, but has been eating mealworms, crickets and other food offered with tongs.


Full Radiographs and PT - May 06 2018 5:30 pm

The kite was stable enough to be anesthetized for a full set of radiographs. Veterinarians were able to get a better view of the fractured coracoid with these radiographs. Physical therapy was performed on the kite while it was anesthetized.


Full Radiographs Reveal Additional Injuries - May 07 2018 9:02 am

The full set of radiographs taken yesterday revealed that the kite may have more injuries besides the fractured coracoid. It may also have a spinal fracture and an injury to the ligaments/tendons of the left knee.


Surgery - May 11 2018 10:37 am

The kite was taken to surgery today to explore the damage and attempt to repair the ligaments of the left leg. After surgery, the kite was placed in an Ehmer sling. It was noted that the kite still has strong motor in both legs.


Eating on its own - May 12 2018 6:10 pm

It was noted that the kite is eating well on its own. It's leg wrap was changed and it continues to receive pain medications. Physical therapy for the injured coracoid continues every three days.


Standing - May 29 2018 9:04 am

The swallow-tailed kite continues to make progress with its injuries, although it is very small steps. The leg splint was removed last week and by the end of the week the kite was standing and supporting its weight on both legs. It continues to eat well and maintain its body weight.


Liver Concerns - Jun 13 2018 2:40 pm

Recent radiographs raised concerns when veterinarians noticed the kite's liver seemed irregular. Blood samples have been sent out for further testing.


Rapid Health Decline - Jun 15 2018 10:00 am

The kite's health began to rapidly decline this week despite medications. It passed away this morning.