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Snail Kite

Rostrhamus sociabilis


The Snail Kite is endangered federally and in Florida. They are more abundant in Central and South America. The male is dark gray and both the female and juveniles are a mx of brown and white. They all have a large white band on the tail. They all also have dark orange legs and a specialized long orange bill in order to pry the meat out of snails, or primarily the apple snails.


Mainly found in the Everglades, but the main habitat is tropical marshland of southern Florida.


Spotted at Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville, Florida.

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robert emond
robert emond 9 months ago

triggsturner thank you

triggsturner 9 months ago

Love that 3rd image.

Florida, USA

Lat: 29.62, Long: -82.33

Spotted on May 31, 2018
Submitted on Jun 3, 2018

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