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The King of Bird Kites
Apart from being unusual and fun to fly, these big, realistic American Bald Eagle bird kites make practical scarecrows to keep birds away from your boat or garden (and they'll scare Canada Geese away from your golf course, park, or docks, too! Click the Reviews tab above). They are also a fantastic way to draw attention to your business. Customers report that the durable Tyvek construction remains intact after flying permanently, in all weather, for a year. Tyvek is a very strong, lightweight synthetic paper-like material that's very difficult to tear and water resistant. Tyvek is commonly used for envelopes, car covers, labels, coveralls, and house wrap because it's so tough and it weighs almost nothing. (Your kite will last longer if you take it down in sustained winds of more than 25 mph or during extended periods of rain.)
The Bald Eagle kite looks amazing with its wings flapping in the breeze. If you have a high speed Internet connection, you don't have to take our word for it; check out the manufacturer's video. (It's a very big movie; give it plenty of time to load). Its creator worked hard to make the wings beat realistically. With its 60" (152 cm) wingspan -- that's five feet (1.52 meters)! -- make sure you use good, strong lightweight line for a kite of this size (30# Spectra is recommended). You can fly it as you would a fighter kite, making it change direction by playing the line. The eagle's wings stop flapping and it floats down slowly when the wind dies, as if it were getting ready to pounce like a real eagle.
One municipal customer told us that not only did their eagle kite do a great job of repelling geese...it even attracted an eagle!
Assembled bird kites require 3-step preparation using no tools or glue, and are ready to fly in minutes. They come "knocked down" in a mailing tube. "Assembled" does not mean that the kite is ready-to-fly. We only stock assembled kites now. Jackite no longer produces the Unassembled version.
Non-US customers please note: This kite's 51" mailing tube exceeds the 42" maximum length allowed by the USPS. We regret that we cannot ship the Bald Eagle kite internationally.
About the Add-Ons
Poles: The 28' (8.5 m) pole is recommended for large kites. The fiberglass poles telescope like an antenna from a collapsed length of just 46" (1.17 m). Extend the sections and twist to lock (for a shorter pole, don't extend all of the sections). These differ from telescoping fishing rods by having a reinforced butt end to prevent splitting, thicker walls for less breakage, and a thicker tip for maximum durability.
Choose the Army Camo pattern or Green if you want your pole to blend into a grassy landscape, Wheat Camo for brown landscapes (like reeds or a flooded cornfield), or the Black pole to blend into shadows. The colors available change from time to time without notice. If we don't have the color that you choose, we'll substitute one that we do have in stock.
We only sell poles as add-ons with kite purchases, not as a standalone product. Orders that include poles require special packaging and will ship factory-direct rather than from Curio City's warehouse, so it might take an extra day or two to fulfill your order. They usually ship via UPS Ground regardless of the shipping method that you choose at checkout, so go ahead and choose the cheapest shipping option. Jackite guarantees all poles for 90 days and sells replacement sections for a modest price plus shipping if your pole breaks after that.
Glue: You don't need glue for Assembled bird kites, but you might want a vial for making repairs. If you tick the box above, we will slip a vial of waterproof white glue into your kite's shipping tube. ("Waterproof" means that your kite can withstand periodic rain storms, but any glue will eventually start to dissolve if subjected to frequent, repeated soakings.)
Line Rig: The Line Rig can be used with any bird kite, although it was specifically designed for use with Osprey, Loon, Happy Gull, Dove, Eagle, or Goose bird kites that will be flown like windsocks from a fixed pole. You get 7' (2.13 m) of strong, lightweight line with large swivels on each end. Snap one end onto your bird kite, snap the other end to the top of your pole, and you're ready to fly. Recommended for poles at least 13' (4 m) high, the line rig is designed to minimize wrapping around the pole. Adding a line rig to a kite purchase will not increase your shipping charge.
Windsock Arm: The Windsock Arm eliminates line wrapping around your pole, which can be a problem in areas with highly variable winds. It is made to fit our 13', 16', 20', 28', and 31' thick tip poles. It will not fit the 17', 22', or 27' flex tip poles. Simply force the white nylon sleeve over the tip of your pole. A bit of super glue will make a permanent bond. Clip one end of your line rig to the loop at the end of the 7" metal arm, and clip the other end to your kite.