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Snail Kite (Male)

Rostrhamus sociabilis


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

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Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 6 years ago

Thanks Desmond.E.S.O

Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

Congrats, Alex! That is my favorite kite!

Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 6 years ago

Thank you so much ForestDragon, LarryGraziano for your kind words

ForestDragon 6 years ago

Congratulations! This is a lovely spotting!

LarryGraziano 6 years ago

Congrats on your Ranger spotting of the week! Lovely photos and well deserved!

Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 6 years ago

Thank you so much arlanda, James McNair, Mark Ringway, LuisStevens, armadeus4, and AshleyT. This means lot to me☺

arlanda 6 years ago


James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Congrats Alex

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTW. Well deserved.

LuisStevens 6 years ago

Congrats Alex!

armadeus.4 6 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTW Alex!!!

AshleyT 6 years ago

Congrats Alex, this fabulous spotting is our Spotting of the Week!



Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 6 years ago

thank you so much sunnyjosef :)

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Beautiful photos Alex...

Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 6 years ago

Thank you so much Jacob. Crossing my finger :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Congratulations Alex! Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen.

Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 6 years ago

Thank you so much Mark Ridgway

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago


Alex Salcedo
Spotted by
Alex Salcedo

Kissimmee, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 18, 2015
Submitted on Aug 30, 2015


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