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 to see its prey. It mostly eats large apple snails.
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- "Snail Kite Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology". www.allaboutbirds.org.