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Includes Cuban Kite and Grenada Kite
39â€“51 cm (15Â¼-20 in)
Cuban birds have sexual dimorphism, male with gray upperside and barred underside, female similar in brownish colors. Juveniles black above, white below, with white extending to hindneck. Larger bill by far than other forms.
In North America breeds only in extreme southern Texas along the Rio Grande between Falcon Dam and the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Breeds throughout Mexico and south to Panama and in South America to from Colombia and Venezuela to western Peru, Bolivia and northern Argentina. Also breeds in the Caribbean in Oriente Province of eastern Cuba, on Grenada and Trinidad.
There are three subspecies:
Two additional subspecies: aquilonis and megarhynchus are generally considered invalid.
Prefers the lower canopy in tropical rainforest and cloud forest, secondary-growth and riverine woodlands, swamps and savannas.
Perches high in trees and can be difficult to see. Not a shy bird.
Their main diet consists of snails; Cuban birds are also known to eat slugs.
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