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Snail kites are 36 to 48 cm long with a 99–120 cm wingspan. They weigh from 300 to 570 g. There is very limited sexual dimorphism, with the female averaging only 3% larger than the male. They have long, broad, and rounded wings, which measure 29–33 cm each. Its tail is long, at 16–21 cm, with a white rump and undertail coverts. The dark, deeply hooked beak, measuring 2.9–4 cm is an adaptation to its diet. The tarsus is relatively long as well, measuring 3.6–5.7 cm. The adult male has dark blue-gray plumage with darker flight feathers. The legs and cere are red. The adult female has dark brown upperparts and heavily streaked pale underparts. She has a whitish face with darker areas behind and above the eye. The legs and cere are yellow or orange. The immature is similar to adult female, but the crown is streaked. It flies slowly with its head facing downwards, looking for its main food, the large apple snails. For this reason, it is considered a molluscivore.
Marina at Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, Florida
Both a male and a female where spotted "hunting" for apple snails
Spotted on Aug 18, 2015
Submitted on Aug 30, 2015
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