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Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Hilary Yu


Conservation Status

Plumbeous Kite is listed by the IUCN as a species of Least Concern because it has an extremely large range, an apparently stable population, and a very large population (BirdLife International 2012).

Effects of human activity on populations

Widespread habitat loss and deforestation will have a negative effect on Ictinia plumbea populations and avian numbers overall. However, Plumbeous Kite may adapt relatively well to human disturbances on a smaller scale. As Plumbeous Kites are commonly found along forest edges, habitat fragmentaiton may pose less of a threat to the species. Furthermore, as aggregations have been seen to take advantage of plowing in the fields as a mechanism for flushing insects out, plumbea will likely be better adapted to handle a shift towards agricultural land use.

Recommended Citation

Yu, H. (2012). Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.