|Pearl Kite (Gampsonyx swainsonii)|
The Pearl Kite is one of the smallest raptors being the size of a thrush. It is found from north Colombia to northern Argentina with seperate populations in Nicaragua and along the Pacific coast of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru
|It is found in dry, shrubby habitats such as cerrado as well as in savanna and open woodland. It is usually quite conspicuous and is often seen perched on utility wires, normally facing the observer and looking very white as in photo 4.
Apart from its white underparts, it has a slaty black back, creamy forehead and cheeks and a white collar. The subspecies found north of the Amazon, G. s. leonae, has rufous flanks.
|It feeds mainly on lizards one of which has just been caught in the second photo.|