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Slender-billed Kite

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Photo by erikatPomona District, Suriname, June 2007
Photo by erikat
Pomona District, Suriname, June 2007
Helicolestes hamatus

Rostrhamus hamatus


[edit] Identification

[edit] Similar Species

Distinguished from the similar Snail Kite by its yellow eye and shorter tail without white band.

[edit] Distribution

Central and South America
Breeds from Colombia, Venezuela, and the Guianas south to eastern Peru, northern Bolivia, and Amazonian Brazil.

Has been recorded in eastern Panama.

A resident species.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Sometimes placed in genus Rostrhamus.

[edit] Habitat

Swampy tropical rainforest.

[edit] Behaviour

These birds generally choose a high perch.

[edit] Diet

Feeds heavily on Pomacea snails.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BF Member observations

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