Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Amazonas Peru

Age: Adult | Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. E Ecuador

Age: Adults | Sex: Male, Unknown, Female | Loc. No Data

Identification & Behavior: ~43.5 cm (17.1 in). The male Hook-billed Kite is overall gray with pale barring on the belly. The female is dusky brown above and white and rusty barred below with a rufous neck and a gray cap. Juveniles are dusky brown above and pale with dusky barring below and a dusky cap. Adults have a pale greenish iris and a distinctive orange bare skin from the loral area over the eye. The dark morph is black with a broad white tail band.  It is generally associated with bodies of water where it searches for snails from a perch. See Roadside Hawk and Double-toothed Kite.

Status: The Hook-billed kite is widespread in Amazonia and northwest Peru where is generally rare to uncommon. It is known to range up to 2100 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Elanio de Pico Ganchudo.

Sub-species: Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus uncinatus), Temminck 1822.

Meaning of Name: Chondrohierax: Gr. khondros= coarse, crude; and hierax= falcon. uncinatus: L. uncus= with hook, hook.

See more of the Family Accipitridae   peru aves

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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 01/01/2015.