Tropical raptor found broadly across Central and South America, occasionally north to the very southern tip of Texas. Found singly, in pairs, or in small family groups in woodlands, often near water. Hunts within forest. Long tail and broad, rounded wings distinctive in flight. When perched close, note heavy hooked bill with a yellow base and yellow feet. Males are gray overall with white barring on the belly. Females are brown above with rufous barred underparts and mostly gray head. Juveniles paler below with thinner barring. Feeds mainly on snails.