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Snail Kites
Snail Kites have long, broad, and rounded wings. They are long-tailed and the males have blue-gray plumage with a white rump. The dark, deeply hooked beak is an adaptation to its diet.

Snail Kites have long, broad, and rounded wings. They are long-tailed and the males have blue-gray plumage with a white rump. The dark, deeply hooked beak is an adaptation to its diet. The legs and cere are red. Snail Kites fly slowly with their heads facing downwards, looking for their main food, the large apple snails. Snail kites feed almost exclusively on this single prey item. For this reason, they considered molluscivores.   

The Snail Kite is a locally endangered species in the Florida Everglades, with a population of approximatley 400 to 500 breeding pairs. Research has demonstrated that water-level control in the Everglades is depleting the population of apple snails and, in turn, the Florida population of Snail kites. However, this species is not generally threatened over its extensive range.


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