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Everglade kites feed on nonsnail prey

The Auk

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https://doi.org/10.2307/4084734

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Abstract

The Everglade Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus) of Florida has been called snail hawk or snail kite because it was thought to feed exclusively on the soft parts of the freshwater apple snail (Pomacea paludosa) (Nicholson 1926, Howell 1932, Bent 1937, Snyder and Snyder 1969). Furthermore, the other three subspecies of this wide-ranging Neotropical raptor (Friedmann 1950) are known to feed only on species within the genus Pomacea (Haverschmidt 1962, 1970; Brown and Amadon 1968). We report here two different instances of kites feeding on nonsnail prey in Florida

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Everglade kites feed on nonsnail prey
Series title:
The Auk
DOI:
10.2307/4084734
Volume:
91
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1974
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
3 p.
First page:
818
Last page:
820