Order: Accipitriformes | Family: Accipitridae | IUCN Status: Least Concern
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Colombia
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil
Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Ecuador
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Colombia & Peru
Identification & Behavior: ~35.7 cm (14 in). The adult Plumbeous Kite is gray with a dusky back. It shows rufous primary flight feathers and white tail bars; both readily seen in flight. The juvenile is also gray but heavily streaked with dusky. The back is dusky brown. It is more likely to be seen in flight than perched on an exposed branch in the forest canopy. It is similar to the Mississippi Kite, which is considered a rare vagrant in Peru.
Status: The Plumbeous Kite is widespread and fairly common in Amazonia. It is known to range up to 1500 m along the foothill of the Andes, and to be uncommon in the semi-deciduous forest of northwest Peru. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.
Name in Spanish: Elanio Plomizo.
Sub-species: Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea), J. F. Gmelin 1788.
Meaning of Name: Ictinia: Gr. Iktinos= hawk, falcon. plumbea: L. plumbea, plumbeus= lead, lead color.
- 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.