The Pearl Kite (Gampsonyx swainsonii) is a small raptor of open habitats quite common in most part of its range within Panama. However, this was not always the case. The Pearl Kite once was considered rare and local, but naturally it expanded its range further north into Central America (definitively thanks to the clearance of the forests along our Pacific slope), and now, it is regularly found up to Nicaragua, with a recent report from El Salvador.
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2. Ridgely RS, Gwynne J. A guide to the birds of Panama. 1993.