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Cuban Kite Chondrohierax wilsonii

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One of the world’s rarest and most threatened raptors. Once found throughout much of Cuba, but now persists only in remote, forested areas in the eastern reaches of the island. Bright yellow hook-shaped bill is its best ID feature. Male is mostly gray with grayish brown barring un underparts and two white tail bands. Female has a gray head, dark brown back, chestnut barring on underparts, and two tan tail bands. In flight, note the broad, blunt wings that are pinched in at the base. Sightings of this species should be carefully documented. Formerly considered a subspecies of the widespread Hook-billed Kite.

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