Snail Kite Identification

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  • Size & Shape

    A distinctively shaped, medium-sized raptor with broad, almost paddle-shaped wings, a long, broad tail, long legs, and a thin, hooked bill.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Mississippi Kite, smaller than an Osprey.

    Relative Sizebetween crow and goosebetween crow and goose
    Measurements
    • Male
      • Length: 14.2-15.3 in (36-39 cm)
      • Weight: 12.7-15.5 oz (360-440 g)
      • Wingspan: 42.9-45.7 in (109-116 cm)
    • Female
      • Length: 14.6-15.6 in (37-39.5 cm)
      • Weight: 12.3-20.1 oz (350-570 g)