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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maculata being implicated in the decline of the federally endangered Florida snail kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus), which feeds on the smaller native P.
Toho supports a breeding population of a federally endangered raptor, the Florida snail kite (Rostrhamus sociahilis), and a dense infestation of an exotic herbivorous aquatic snail, the island applesnail (Pomacea maculata), a primary source of food for resident snail kites.
The Loxahatchee Refuge consists of more than 200 square miles of Everglades habitat and is home to the American alligator and the endangered Everglade snail kite, (http://www.
For example, the wetlands of south Florida are home to the endangered snail kite [Rostrhamus sociabilis], where a perceived trade-off of providing potential short-term drought refugia by impounding water was given priority over the long-term benefits of water level variability in wetlands (Kitchens et al.
In the Florida Everglades of the United States, the snail kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis) is endangered partly because this bird can't find apple snails--its favorite food--where the weed has smothered the snail's favored food plants.
A restless snail kite deep in the Amazon feels the cool fall temperatures of May and sets off into the sky.
Restora- tion for the American crocodile, the snail kite and the Cape Sable seaside sparrow is irrevocably tied to more clean water in the Everglades at the right time of year.
Florida ranks number three in the nation for having the most endangered and threatened species including the Florida panther, five species of sea turtles, the manatee, the Everglades snail kite and many species of plants.