Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea
Plumbeous Kite, Thaimaçu, Pará, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image Brazil and Guatemala

The Plumbeous Kite is distributed from Mexico through Central and South America as far as northern Argentina. In the north and south of this range it is migratory during the respective autumns. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found along forest edges, in gallery forest and in primary forest near rivers.

Plumbeous Kite, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image It is slate grey and paler below than above. Its eye is red and its legs, which look very short when at rest, are orange. The second photo shows important in flight features such as the square tail with two thin white bars and long, pointed wings with rufous on the primaries.
Plumbeous Kite, Isla de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image Photo 7 shows a migratory bird in Guatemala in March. It would just have arrived back in the area in order to breed.

It is normally very visible as it soars high up, often in groups, while it catches insects in the air.

Plumbeous Kite, Isla de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
Plumbeous Kite, Isla de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
Plumbeous Kite, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Plumbeous Kite, Tikal, Guatemala,March 2015 - click for larger image
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