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Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The call of the Plumbeous Kite is a shrill, two note whistle, phee-phew (Sutton 1994).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Generally silent, the Plumbeous Kite tends to vocalize more during the breeding season; adults have been observed to call upon  approaching or landing at the nest to switch off during incubation, or when defending the nest against potential predators (Seavy et al. 1998).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Plumbeous Kite can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.