Snail Kites are 36 to 48 cm (14 to 19 in) long with a 99–120 cm (39–47 in) wingspan. They weigh from 300 to 570 grams (11 to 20 oz). They have long, broad, and rounded wings. Its tail is long with a white rump. The dark, deeply hooked beak measures 2.9–4 cm (1.1–1.6 in).
It flies slowly with its head facing downwards. It looks down to see its food. It mostly eats large apple snails.
It nests in a bush or on the ground. It lays 3–4 eggs.
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