Swallow-tailed Kite Necklace

Swallow-tailed Kite Necklace



2" L x 2 7/8" W

Sodalite pendant.

  • 20" cable chain with handmade kite toggle clasp.

  • Heavily oxidized to bring out the subtle texture of the metal.

  • Pierced sterling silver silhouette of a Swallow-tailed kite.

  • Clasp toggle mimics the kite shape.

  • Signed and dated on the back ".925".

This piece is part of a series of pendants representing endangered or threatened birds in the US.
I am starting the series off here in my native Florida, exploring the states extensive and varied bird population and how we interact, alter, and coexist within each other's world.

Conservation status: Formerly more widespread in southeast, north as far as Minnesota, but disappeared from many areas in early 20th century. Current population apparently stable.

Family: Hawks and Eagles

Habitat: Wooded river swamps. Requires tall trees for nesting and nearby open country with abundant prey. In North America found mostly in open pine woods near marsh or prairie, cypress swamps, other riverside swamp forest. In tropics, also found in lowland rain forest and mountain cloud forest.  Our most beautiful bird of prey, striking in its shape, its pattern, and its extraordinarily graceful flight. Hanging motionless in the air, swooping and gliding, rolling upside down and then zooming high in the air with scarcely a motion of its wings, the Swallow-tailed Kite is a joy to watch. At one time it was common in summer over much of the southeast, but today it is found mostly in Florida and a few other areas of the deep south. (information from audubon.org/field-guide/bird/swallow-tailed-kite).

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