Double-toothed Kite, Harpagus bidentatus

The Double-toothed Kite, (Harpagus bidentatus), is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family, which includes eagles, hawks and Old World vultures. 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. It is fairly common in the mid and low elevation forests in its range. Its natural habitats are subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical and tropical moist mountain forests.

The Double-toothed Kite is a fairly small raptor at 13 to 15 inches long. It weighs between 5.7 and 8.2 ounces. The white rump patch is noticeable when the bird is in flight, and is one of the easiest identifiable Costa Rican raptors.

This bird hunts from a perch above the rainforest floor. It dives quickly when it notices its prey. Lizards and insects make up the bulk of its diet. It is an opportunistic hunter, and will often perch near groups of monkeys in order to capture prey flushed out by the large primates.

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