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Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Small and simple with its 28" (71.1 cm) wingspan, the Blackbird is a great choice for casual kite flying. Theater companies often use these all-black kites (along with the all-white Create-a-Bird, see related products below) as stage props. Bold black graphics create a sharp contrast with a blue or cloudy sky. Its wings flap just like those of its larger relatives. Like the Blue Jay and the Cardinal, we consider this as a 'gateway' kite. After flying this one, you'll be back for one of its bigger cousins.
With its simple three-step preparation, you'll be flying your assembled bird kite in minutes. Like all of our bird kites, the Blackbird is made of Tyvek, a very strong, lightweight synthetic paper-like material that's both very difficult to tear and water resistant. Tyvek is commonly used for envelopes, car covers, labels, coveralls, and house wrap. Netflix envelopes and disk sleeves are made of Tyvek because it's nearly indestructible.
About the Add-Ons
Poles: "Small bird" kites might not be useful as scarecrows or decoys, but there's no reason you can't attach the Blackbird to a pole and fly it permanently as a decorative windsock. Poles collapse to a 3' (0.91 m) tube and extend to the length indicated. We don't recommend flying small birds any higher than 20'.
Jackite's pole color selection often changes without notice. If the pole that you chose isn't available, we'll substitute the closest color that they have. The "platinum" poles have an extra-thin tip for better flexing, and can bend 180 degrees.
Kite orders that include poles require special packaging, so they'll come directly from Jackite rather than from our own warehouse. These orders often take an extra day to process. Poles weigh about 3 pounds (1.36 kg) and will increase your shipping charge.
Ground Stake: This 22" (59 cm) length of PVC pipe is angled on one end for easy insertion into the ground. Put the butt end of your pole into the open top. You can easily make this yourself or add ours for convenience. The stake weighs about a pound (0.45 kg) and will increase your shipping charge.
Line Rig: The Line Rig is the easiest way to attach your kite to any pole. You get two large swivels connected by 7' (2.13 m) of fishing line. Clip one swivel to your kite and the other to your pole and you're ready to fly.
Your kite should last for a year or more if you take it down in winds exceeding 20 mph (32 kph) and during sustained heavy rains.