Thursday, March 15, 2012

>Harpagus bidentatus (Double-toothed Kite)

Double-toothed Kite

Double-toothed Kite
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Order:Falconiformes (or Accipitriformes, q.v.)
Species:H. bidentatus
Binomial name
Harpagus bidentatus
(Latham, 1790)
The Double-toothed Kite (Harpagus bidentatus) is a species of bird of prey in theAccipitridae family. It is found in BelizeBoliviaBrazilColombiaCosta RicaEcuadorEl SalvadorFrench GuianaGuatemalaGuyanaHondurasMexicoNicaraguaPanama,PeruSurinameTrinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.
This fairly small raptor is 33–38 cm (13–15 in) long and weighs 161-230 grams (5.7-8.2 oz.) The kite's white rump patch is conspicuous in flight, making the double toothed kite one of the easiest Costa Rican raptors to identify. The double toothed kite is a fairly common bird in the mid and low elevation forests of Central America. Its naturalhabitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
The double-toothed kite generally hunts from a perch above the rainforest floor. The kite dives quickly downward to catch lizards and insects, the principle staples of its diet.The double toothed kite is an opportunistic hunter, often perching near groups of monkeys in order to capture prey flushed by the large mammals.

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