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41-46 cm (16-18 in)
Sexes similar but the female is larger than the male.
Central and South America: breeds in south-west Costa Rica and Panama and in South America from Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas south to Paraguay and southern Brazil and west to Ecuador, eastern Peru and eastern Bolivia. Common in much of range.
Two subspecies are recognized:
Wooded savanna, open woodland and forest edge.
The diet includes reptiles, amphibians, small animals and carrion; it takes ticks from cattle.
A resident species.
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