Snail Kite

Rostrhamus sociabilis

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

SNKI

Code 6

ROSSOC

ITIS

HEAD

Snail Kite Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Dark brown in nestlings and younger flying Immatures, becoming more orange in older immatures. Adult female orange to carmine in older individuals; adult male carmine.
  • Head pattern: Plain
  • Crown Color: Dark blue-black
  • Forehead Color: Dark blue-black
  • Nape Color: Dark blue-black
  • Throat Color: Dark blue-black
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Snail Kite Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 41-46 cm (16-18 in)
  • Weight: 377 g (13.3 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: Black
  • Underparts: Dark blue-black with white tail coverts.
  • Upperparts: Dark blue-black
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Snail Kite Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Flies on slow shallow wing beats interrupted by short glides.
  • Wingspan Range: 114 cm (45 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings
  • Tail shape: Fan-shaped Tail
  • Tail Pattern: White band
  • Upper Tail: White with broad blue-black distal band and gray terminal band.
  • Under Tail: White with broad blue-black distal band and gray terminal band.
  • Leg Color: Orange
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