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Pearl Kite

Gampsonyx swainsonii

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Very small raptor found in open spaces, often perched on a telephone wire or exposed tree. Size alone helps with identification. Even smaller than a kestrel, with unmarked white underparts and gray back. Also look for buffy forehead and cheek and rusty flanks. Sexes alike. Usually seen singly around open fields.

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Neotropical Birds

Life histories of all species breeding in Mexico, Central America, and South America