Alternative name: Cayenne Kite
- Leptodon cayanensis
43–54 cm (17-21¼ in)
- Light grey head
- Grey upperparts
- White underparts
Similar to White-collared Kite.
Central and South America.
Breeds in Mexico from southern Tamaulipas to Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula and south to Panama. In South America breeds from Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad south to Bolivia and northern Argentina.
Two subspecies are recognized:
- L. c. cayanensis:
- L. c. monachus;
Tropical forest, particularly along rivers and streams, savannas and swamps.
Perches high in trees and can be difficult to see.
A very varied diet, consisting of insects, hornets, wasps, eggs, birds and lizards etc.
Resident. Uncommon in north of range.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2014)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Gray-headed Kite. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 16 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Gray-headed_Kite