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  Gabar Goshawk

 

Melierax gabar

(161) 32 cm; 164 g

SEXES  Alike, F considerably larger than M.

PALE MORPH Dark eyes, red cere and legs and plain dove-grey upperparts, throat and breast distinguish it from other similar-sized small raptors. Combination of grey tail with 4-5 blackish bars, and white rump diagnostic. DARK MORPH Makes up 7-25% of the population (varies regionally) and regularly br with pale morphs. Usually entirely black except for barred white flight feathers and 3 narrow white tail bars. Cere and legs red.

JUV  Upperparts brown, head and breast streaked brown, belly barred and rump white; eyes yellow, cere and legs orange. Dark morph like ad but with orange cere and legs.

STATUS  Fairly common resident; largely sedentary.

HABITAT  Favours open Acacia and broad-leaved woodland.

FOOD  Mainly birds (up to young francolin size); also rodents, bats, reptiles and insects.

CALL  Piping twi-twi-twi-twi... and other similar notes.

BR  Monogamous. Stick nest usually has social spider colony (Stegodyphus sp.) incorporated that surrounds nest with web.

 

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Ghg001

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Ghg002

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

Ghg003

Third Bridge

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

 

 

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