Hook-billed Kite

: A Grand Avian Predator

Basic Description

The Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus) is a species of large raptor found in South and Central America. It has an average wingspan of 80 to 95 centimeters or 31 to 37 inches, making it one of the largest birds in its range. Its plumage is mostly dark grey with white feathers on the head and tail. The most distinct characteristic of this bird is its distinctive hooked bill which gives it its name. It also has red eyes and yellow legs that are long and powerful for soaring flight.

Where To Find This Bird

The Hook-billed Kite can be found throughout Central America as far south as Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay and northern Argentina, but they are most commonly found in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. They prefer open woodlands near rivers or streams where there are plenty of large trees for roosting sites during the day time.


This bird likes to live in open wooded areas with plenty of tall trees such as pine forests or tropical rainforests near rivers or streams where they have access to food sources like fish or frogs. They use these tall tree tops for their nests which may either be built out of sticks or made from woven grasses depending upon the availability of materials nearby them.


The Hook-billed Kite mainly feeds on invertebrates like insects, spiders, lizards amphibians such as frogs and crustaceans but will occasionally feed on small mammals when available too! They hunt by slowly soaring through their habitat while keeping watch with their keen eyesight until they spot a possible meal below them before swooping down quickly to capture it using their talons!

< h 2 >Cool Facts The Hook-Billed Kite usually mates for life creating strong family bonds between pairs who often stay together year round even during migration season! These birds also have incredible eye sight being able to spot prey from up to 100 meters away! Finally these majestic predators sometimes choose not build nests at all preferring instead take over old hawk nests left behind by other species instead!