snail kite

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snail kite

n.
A kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis) found in Florida and Central and South America that feeds primarily on aquatic snails.
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ACCIPITRIDAE -- Real: Ictinia plumbea, Buteo magnirostris; Null: Leptodon cayanensis, Rostrhamus sociabilis, R.
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