White-collared Kite Leptodon forbesi It resembles the widespread Gray- headed Kite (Leptodon cayanensis), the two sharing relatively large size, dark gray. Leptodon forbesi occurs in north-east Brazil in Pernambuco, where it is known from the type specimen taken in (Bierregaard et al. ) and recent. Leptodon forbesi click to enlarge. Distribution: Neotropical. Endemic to northeastern BRAZIL (Alagoas, Pernambuco).more. Subspecies.

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Justification of Red List Category This species is classified as Endangered because it has a very small known population, lephodon areas where habitat loss is continuing.

The population is therefore precautionarily placed in the band of mature individuals. Trend justification The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.

It was estimated that the proportion of forest lost from within this species’s leptidon from was equivalent to 5. Leptodon forbesi occurs in north-east Brazil in Pernambuco, where it is known from the type specimen taken in Bierregaard et al. The fact that the species was recorded in southern Sergipe, outside the traditionally recognised Pernambuco centre of endemism, suggests that it might also be present in nearby northeastern Bahia F.

The extent of habitat loss indicates that there must have been significant declines in both numbers and range. A recent analysis estimated that the proportion of forest lost from within the species’s range from was equivalent to 5. It apparently inhabits humid forest at elevations up to c. Displays have been recorded during October-January, with a nest found in April Bierregaard et al.


White-collared Kite | Leptodon forbesi

There has been massive deforestation in coastal Alagoas and Pernambuco, with most suitable habitat cleared or threatened. The two key sites in Alagoas are both under severe threat, with forest at Murici covering 70 km 2 in the s, but less than 30 km 2 in J.

Indiscriminate small-scale logging was still occurring at the site inand the area is further threatened by fires forbexi from adjacent sugarcane plantations. A large area in Murici, Alagoas, is currently legally protected by the Brazilian government F.

The species’s strongholds are often on private reserves L.

Conservation Actions Proposed Urgently survey all forest patches larger than 10 ha in Pernambuco, Alagoas and neighbouring states Seipke Designate Murici as a biological reserve and ensure its de facto protection. Conduct field and museum studies to clarify its taxonomic status including DNA analysis.

Recommended Citation

letodon Conduct research into the impact of land-use change on the species Pereira et al. Develop a captive-breeding programme Pereira et al. Large, mostly bicoloured kite.

Overall white head pearl grey crown and sides of head hard to notice in the field.


159. White-collared Kite

Blackish above with white feather tips on the mantle, scapulars, secondaries, and inner primaries. White underwing-coverts and white leading edge of the wings are both very noticeable in the field forbewi diagnostic. Tail ashy-white with black subterminal band and whitish tip.

Some birds present two black bands in the undertail. Very le;todon to more widely distributed Grey-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis from which differs on white head and forbeei edge to wings and white underwing coverts. In White-necked Hawk Leucopternis lacernulatus primaries reach tail tip on perched birds. They soar in a strong dihedral and show a dark band on the trailing edge to the wings.

Mantled Hawk Leucopternis polionotus has shorter tail almost completely white, and broader, more pointed wings show a noticeable white trailing edge.

White-collared kite – Wikipedia

Ubiquitous Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus has pointed wings and multi-banded tail pattern. Wings reach tail tip in perched birds, and the sides of the head are slate-coloured. Voice A series of short kua-kua-kua-kua calls approx. Text account compilers Khwaja, N. Recommended citation BirdLife International Species factsheet: Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: