Leptodon forbesi (Swann, 1922)

White-collared kite



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1880? 1922?

Rediscovered in 1987 (2006?)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



Pernambuco, Brazil


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Swann, H. K. (1922). A synopsis of the Accipitres. London: Wheldon & Wesley.


Other references:

BirdLife International. (2013). Leptodon forbesi. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. ( Downloaded on 24 November 2013.

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

Dénes, F. V., Silveira, L. F. Seipke, S. Thorstrom, R. Clark, W. S, and Thiollay J.-M. (2011). The White-collared Kite (Leptodon forbesi Swann, 1922) and a Review of the Taxonomy of the Grey-headed Kite (Leptodon cayanensis Latham, 1790). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123(2): 323-331.

Pereira, G. A.; Dantas, S. de M.; Periquito, M. C. (2006). Possível registro de Leptodon forbesi no Estado de Pernambuco, Brasil. Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia 14(4): 441-444.

Seipke, S. (2008). Searching for the elusive White-collared Kite (Leptodon forbesi) in northeastern Brazil. Neotropical Raptor Network Newsletter: 13.

Seipke, S. H.; Dénes, F. V.; Pallinger, F.; Thorstrom, R.; Thiollay, J.-M.; Silveira, L. F.; Clark, W. S. (2011). Field identification of White-collared Kite Leptodon forbesi and similar-looking species in north-east Brazil. Neotropical Birding: 29-39.

Sonntag, F. A. 2010. White-collared Kite. Available at:

Sonntag, F. A. 2011. White-collared Kite. Available at:

Sonntag, F. A. 2012. White-collared Kite. Available at:

Teixeira, D. M., J. B. Nacinovic, and F. B. Pontual. (1987). (Abstract) [Notes on the rediscovery of Leptodon forbesi in northeast Brazil]. Page 148 in Anon. (ed.) , XIV Congresso Brasileiro de Zoologia, Resumos, 1987, Juiz de Fora. Sociedade Brasileira de Zoologia, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Brazil.


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