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Chondrohierax wilsonii


These 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. Large bill.


Eastern Cuba; it may be extinct by now.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly considered a part of Hook-billed Kite.


Poorly known, with recent records from gallery forest and riparian woodland. May have used other types of woodland in the past. Predominantly below 500 m asl.


Many aspects of its ecology is unknown. Food seems to be mainly or even exclusively tree snails.




  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Kirwan, G. M., R. O. Bierregaard, H. F. Greeney, J. del Hoyo, N. Collar, J. S. Marks, and C. J. Sharpe (2022). Cuban Kite (Chondrohierax wilsonii), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (B. K. Keeney, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.hobkit2.01

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