[AS. cyta.] The name of a very active bird of the genus Falco or hawk. Its bill is short and strong, its wings are long, powerful, and pointed, and its tail is forked. The kite spends the greater part of the day on the wing, sometimes flying so high that it can scarcely be seen, and coining down at night to roost on tall trees. When in the air it lives mostly on insects, but its food consists also of moles, mice and carrion. The common kite and the black kite are found throughout Europe ; the swallow-tailed kite is common in America. The carrion-feeding habits of this bird are seen to perfection in the birds found in Asia, and particularly in India.