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Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatus

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The Double-toothed Kite is named for its most distinguishing morphological trait, the presence of two tomial "teeth:" tooth-like emarginations on the cutting edge of the maxilla (upper mandible). The Double-toothed Kite often is seen following troops of monkeys through the canopy. These monkeys often make a large amount of commotion in the canopy of the forests and disturb many kinds of insects and lizards. To take advantage of this resource, the kite often perchesl within 30 meters of the foraging troop and waits for prey to flush. The Double-toothed Kite is distributed throughout the Neotropics, occurring from southernmost Mexico south to southeast Brazil. Though superficially similar to many small raptors, especially Accipiters, its white leg tufts, dark line down the throat and behavior are enough to separate from all other species of raptor in the Neotropics.

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  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

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. (). Double-toothed Kite (Harpagus bidentatus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/dotkit1