Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Critically Endangered

Cuban Kite (Chondrohierax wilsonii)


French: Bec-en-croc de Cuba German: Kuba-Langschnabelweih Spanish: Milano de Cuba

Cymindis Wilsonii


, 1847,

near Gibara, Cuba


Until recently was considered conspecific with C. uncinatus, but trend now widespread to accept full species status: differs on account of all-yellow bill (3); larger bill (at least 1); barred collar (2); smaller overall size (at least 1). Molecular evidence supports this split#R. Monotypic.


E Cuba.

Descriptive notes

38–43 cm (information on body mass and wingspan lacking). Smallest Chondrohierax; in common with other members of genus, large hooked bill, large head, longish... read more




Inhabits montane gallery forest with tall trees; formerly also found in xerophytic forest.

Food and feeding

Little information. Forages in forest understorey for Polymita tree snails; also reported to eat slugs. Snail meat extracted after... read more


No information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. CITES I. Formerly widespread in Cuba, with reports from Zapata Peninsula in 1850 and Cienfuegos in 1876. Current range confined to E part of island in... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Marks, J.S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Cuban Kite (Chondrohierax wilsonii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 February 2020).