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Cuban Kite
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Information
Range Cuba
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Accipitridae
Genus Chondrohierax
Species Chondrohierax wilsonii
Conservation Status
CRSpecies
Critically Endangered

The Cuban kite (Chondrohierax wilsonii), is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. It is endemic to Cuba.

This species is classified as critically endangered by BirdLife International. The current population is estimated 50 to 249 mature birds. After a last confirmed sighting in 2001 and an unconfirmed sighting in 2004 Cuban ornithologist Nils Navarro Pacheco took a photograph of one individual in 2009.

The Clements Checklist and the AOU consider it as subspecies of the hook-billed kite. A molecular phylogenetics analysis using mitochondrial DNA suggests that it warrants species status having diverged from the mainland lineage approximately 400,000 to 1.5 million years ago.

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