Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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Adult male

In flight note broad wings and triangular-shaped tail with a dark band on a white tail. Adult males have reddish orange legs and a thin hooked reddish orange bill with a black tip.


Females are brown above with streaking below. Most females have a white eyebrow. Note thin, curved bill.

Adult male

Dark gray above and below with white under tail coverts. Bill and legs are reddish orange.


Typical habitat includes freshwater marshes, edges of shallow lakes, and other flat-water courses with marsh edge.


Juveniles are dark brown above with a buffy face and dark streaking on a buffy belly. Note entirely dark bill and yellow legs.

Recommended Citation

Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: