- Ictinia plumbea
29–38 cm (11½-15 in); Long pointed wings
- Slate grey
- Pale head and underparts
- Black twil with 2-3 white bands
- Rufous inner primary webs
- Red eyes
- Orange legs
Sexes are similar
Jveniles: white-streaked grey upperparts; dark-streaked whitish underparts. They lack the rufous wing patch.
Resident in South America but Central American birds move south for the winter.
A variety of lowland forest types are used. They use more open areas on passage.
They build a stick nest in a tree. The clutch consists of 1-2 blue-white eggs. The chicks are fed by both adults.
Their main diet consists of flying insects. These are supplemented occasionally with other small vertebrates and snails.
Call: a whistled si-see-oo.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Plumbeous Kite. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 16 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Plumbeous_Kite