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Slender-billed Kite - BirdForum Opus

Photo by erikat
Pomona District, Suriname, June 2007
Helicolestes hamatus

Rostrhamus hamatus


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Distinguished from the similar Snail Kite by its yellow eye and shorter tail without white band.


Central and South America
Breeds from Colombia, Venezuela, and the Guianas south to eastern Peru, northern Bolivia, and Amazonian Brazil.

Has been recorded in eastern Panama.

A resident species.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Sometimes placed in genus Rostrhamus.


Swampy tropical rainforest.


These birds generally choose a high perch.


Feeds heavily on Pomacea snails.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BF Member observations

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