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Rufous-thighed Kite

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Harpagus diodon
Photo by Jamfaraco Palhoça-SC, Brazil
Photo by Jamfaraco
Palhoça-SC, Brazil

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[edit] Identification

29–35 cm (11½-13¾ in); shortish wings and a longish tail

  • Slate-grey upperparts
  • Pale-grey underparts
  • Rufous thighs
  • Rufous wing-linings

[edit] Similar Species

Photo by Xyko PaludoBocaiúva do Sul, PR, Brazil, November 2017
Photo by Xyko Paludo
Bocaiúva do Sul, PR, Brazil, November 2017

Double-toothed Kite is a big cause of misidentification.

[edit] Distribution

South America: from the Guianas south to eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, southern Brazil and northern Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

[edit] Habitat

Primary lowland rain forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet consists mostly of insects, particularly cicadas, small birds and lizards.

[edit] Movements

This seems to be a migrant breeding in austral summer in Atlantic Forest and vacating the southernmost part of this range in austral winter which is spent in Amazonian areas.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)
  3. Avibirds

[edit] External Links

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