Double-toothed Kite (Harpagus bidentatus)

Order: Accipitriformes | Family: Accipitridae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Colombia

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. E Ecuador and Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~32 cm (12.5 in). The adult Double-toothed Kite has gray head and rest of the upperparts. The underparts area rufous with a varying amount of pale barring. The throat is pale with a median black streak that is often noticeable. The juvenile has a dusky head and rest of the upperparts and pale underparts with a varying amount of dusky streaks. Adults may resemble a Roadside Hawk, but is smaller and slender and forages in the forest interior. The juvenile plumage may resemble some Accipiters and forest-falcons.

Status: The Double-toothed Kite is uncommon in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1000 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in the deciduous forest of northwest Peru. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Elanio Bidentado.

Sub-species: Double-toothed Kite (Harpagus bidentatus bidentatus), Latham 1790.

Meaning of Name: Harpagus: L. harpazo= vulture, in Greek mythology, there was a Persian general Harpagus who was forced to eat the flesh of his own son. bidentatus: L. bi= two, double, dentatus= toothed.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.