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Leptodon cayanensis.jpg
Grey-headed kite (Leptodon cayanensis)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Perninae
Genus: Leptodon
Sundevall, 1836

L. cayanensis
L. forbesi

Leptodon is a genus of birds of prey. Its two members are similar, with a grey head, black upperparts and white underparts. They are:[1]

Grey-headed kite is a widespread species, breeding from eastern Mexico and Trinidad south to Peru, Bolivia and northern Argentina. However, white-collared kite is restricted to northeastern Brazil, and is classified as Critically Endangered.


  1. ^ "Leptodon". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
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