Merlin

Snail Kite Identification

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized hawk.
  • Narrow, strongly down-curved bill.
  • Broad wings.
  • Short, square tail.
  • White at base of tail.
  • Male all sooty gray.
  • Female striped.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult female, but with more scaly markings on back and yellow, not red legs.
Relative Size

Relative Sizebetween crow and goosebetween crow and goose
Measurements
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 14.2-15.8 in (36-40 cm)
    • Weight: 12.7-20.1 oz (360-570 g)