Sunday, January 4, 2015

Finding the Double-toothed Kite

Do all my readers review their old pictures?  I hope so, and if you don't you really should.  Why do I say that, if you been reading my blog, you know that I review old the pictures.  This snowy/rainy Sunday morning, I decided to look at my pictures that I took in Costa Rica last November.  I had wanted to experiment with a black and white print of toucans in a tree.  After I processed that image, started looking through other images in that folder and end up finding pictures of a Double-tooth Kite that I did not even realize that I had.  What helped to make the identification was a photograph looking at the front of the bird where the diagnostic clue of the dark stripe down the center of the white throat which helps distinguish it from a broad-wing hawk.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Double-toothed Kite (Harpagus bidentatus) is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. It is found in Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad 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 natural habitats 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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