Birds of Cuba BETA

    ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae (Kites, Hawks, Eagles)  
Genus: Chondrohierax (2 species, 2 worldwide)

Hook-billed Kite
Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus uncinatus)
French Guiana
  Rare unbarred dark morph.
Photograph by Michel GIRAUD-AUDINE   © All Rights Reserved.

Hook-billed Kite
Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus uncinatus) Female
San Sebastian Reserve, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
  Male is grey with grey barring.
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A widespread but uncommon hawk-sized kite which uses its hooked bill to eat tree snails. Male is mostly grey while female is rufous. Facial colors distinctive.
Eating a tree snail.
A standard grey-barred male.

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Cuban Kite (Chondrohierax wilsonii) Critically Endangered ENDEMIC

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