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Plumbeous Kite

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Photo © by Rogerio Araújo Dias Luzinia, Brazil
Photo © by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Luzinia, Brazil
Ictinia plumbea


[edit] Identification

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.

[edit] Distribution

Central and South America
Central America: breeds in eastern and southern Mexico from southern Tamaulipas southwards and from Guatemala to Panama.

South America: ranges from Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad south to Bolivia, southern Brazil and northern Argentina.

Photo © by Stanley JonesReserva Natural Maycu, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador, November 2014
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Reserva Natural Maycu, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador, November 2014

Resident in South America but Central American birds move south for the winter.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

A variety of lowland forest types are used. They use more open areas on passage.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They build a stick nest in a tree. The clutch consists of 1-2 blue-white eggs. The chicks are fed by both adults.

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of flying insects. These are supplemented occasionally with other small vertebrates and snails.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: a whistled si-see-oo.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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