Members of the genus Chondrohierax are medium-sized kites with long wings and tail. The bill is large, blunt, compressed, and very deeply hooked. It is specially adapted for dealing with large snails. In common with many kites, the feet are weak, and the claws slender, but sharp. The plumage is extremely variable with several phases in both adult and young. The genus is related to Leptodon and Aviceda, but is more specialised. It is widespread in tropical America, Cuba and Grenada. There are two species, but within that species there is probably more individual variation in colour and in size of bill than in any other species of diurnal raptor.
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The decline is mainly attributed to habitat destruction and alteration caused by logging and agricultural conversion. Farmers persecute the species because they (mistakenly) believe that it preys on poultry. Harvesting has apparently reduced numbers of tree snails, and thereby food availability. The species is suspected to be declining owing to the reduction of its prey base, destruction of habitat and lack of formal protection.