Ictinia is a genus of birds in the Accipitridae family. It contains two species:

Mississippi kite, USFWS Photo
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Milvinae
Genus: Ictinia
Vieillot, 1816

I. mississippiensis
I. plumbea

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Mississippi Kite.jpg Ictinia mississippiensis Mississippi kite United States
Ictinia plumbea -Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil-8.jpg Ictinia plumbea Plumbeous kite eastern Mexico to Peru, Bolivia and Argentina

Both of these species are native to the Americas. The name Ictinia was first published by Vieillot in 1816.[1][2]


  1. ^ Vieillot. "Ictinia". In Saunders, Howard (ed.). Vieillot's Analyse d'une nouvelle ornithologie élémentaire. (1883 reprint of Vieillot's 1816 book.)
  2. ^ Peterson, Alan P. "Birds of the world: current valid scientific avian names". Zoonomen. Retrieved 6 April 2016.