Birding Costa Rica for Snail Kite
Snail Kite. This is an other important bird for your birding Costa Rica check list.
You can spot the Snail kite, (Rostrhamus sociabilis), all year around. In Central America, you can find it in very small areas of the different countries. And in Costa Rica is almost unique for Caño Negro wetlands and Palo Verde. Around July-August, is possible to see nesting in small trees in the middle of a marsh.
According to e-bird.org, “Unique snail-eating raptor. Widespread and fairly common in Central and South America, but very limited range in U.S. Found exclusively around lakes and marshes with plenty of vegetation. Adult male is entirely dark gray with red eyes, orange feet and base of bill, briefly turning red in breeding season. Females and immatures are streaky brown. Note very sharply hooked bill, long broad wings, and short dark tail with a white base above and below. Look for pairs or small groups flying over marshes with slow, buoyant wingbeats. Frequently perches on bushes.”
When you are birding in Costa Rica for Snail Kite, try located when you are in a marsh open area, listening is sound.
The Snail kite, is a unique snail eating raptor, that feed with aquatic invertebrates, but primarily apple snails.
When you organize your birding vacation in Costa Rica, be sure the Snail kite is on your list.