Other Names: none
Distribution: southeastern United States south to peru; winters in Central and South America.
Size: 49-65 cm in length with a 114-127 cm wingspan, weighing 310-610 g.
Plumage: Adults have black wings with white undersides, heads, and necks. The tail and uppersides are iridescent black, with streaks of green, purple, and bronze. Juveniles look similar to adults but with slightly streaked heads and underparts, as well as shorter white-tipped tails. The beak is black with a yellow base and the eyes are black.