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  African Harrier-Hawk

    (Gymnogene)

 

 

polyboroides typus

(169) 63 cm; 750 g

SEXES  Alike. Largest grey hawk in region. Head small with yellow face and long thin yellow legs. Facial skin flushes pink or reddish during social interactions, especially in br season.

JUV  Dark brown with small head; in flight has broad wings (characteristic of species).

STATUS  Fairly common resident, largely sedentary.

HABITAT  Wide range of woodland.

FOOD  Eggs and nestlings of birds ranging in size from waxbills to herons (specialises in robbing weaver nests); also small mammals, reptiles, frogs and insects.

CALL  Plaintive high-pitched peeee, and in flight sueeeee-oh.

BR  Monogamous. Large stick nest placed in tall tree or on a cliff face.

ALT NAME  Gymnogene.

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Hha001

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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