Snail Kite

About the Snail Kite

The Snail Kite is a bird of prey that lives the Everglades in Florida through Central America and into South America as far south as southern Brazil. These beautiful birds are specially adapted to get aquatic snails from their shells using their deeply hooked bills.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 03 September 2009
Scientific Name
Rostrhamus sociabilis
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Rostrhamus
  • R. sociabilis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 28 September 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
14.2 to 15.7 inches
47 inches
12.7 to 20.1 ounces

Range

International Names

Brazilian Gavião-caramujeiro
Chinese 食螺鸢
Czech Luněc bažinný
Danish Snegleglente
Dutch Slakkewouw
Finnish Kotilohaukka
French Milan des Marais
German Schneckenweih
Italian Nibbio delle Everglades
Japanese タンニシトビ (Tanishitobi)
Norwegian Snegleglente
Polish Slimakojad Czerwonooki
Russian Общественный коршун-слизнеед
Spanish Caracolero Común
Swedish Snäckglada
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