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  Dark Chanting Goshawk

 

Melierax metabates

(163) 45 cm; 682 g

SEXES  Alike, F > M. Differs from slightly larger Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk by darker grey plumage, lack of pale wing panel (perched) and, in flight, dark grey (not white) secondaries and barred rump. Considerably larger than Gabar Goshawk (which has a white rump).

JUV  Brown plumage similar to Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, but head less streaked, gorget more distinct, uppertail coverts barred brown and with orange legs.

STATUS  Fairly com­mon resident, and generally sedentary. Found singly or in pairs.

HABITAT  Favours tall well ­developed broad-leaved woodland.

FOOD  Small mammals, birds up to size of young guineafowl, francolin and hornbills, also snakes, lizards and insects.

CALL  Flute-like wheee-o, whew, whew... notes.

BR  Monogamous. Stick nest often festooned with spider web.

 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

 

 

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