The white-tailed kite is a raptor that is found in North, Central, and South America. It was once grouped in with the black-winged kite that is found in Europe and Africa and called the black-shouldered kite. However it was determined that there was enough difference between the white-tailed kite and the black-winged kite and so they were split into two different species.
In North America the white-tailed kite is found in parts of Oregon, California, South Texas and South Florida, these photos where taken in south Texas. Although from time to time the populations in some of these regions fluctuate it is unknown whether or not these birds migrate or not. They are usually seen near open fields where they hunt primarily rodents.