(156) 36 cm; M 140 g, F 260 g
Alike, F considerably larger than M. Key features separating it
from smaller Shikra are dark (not red or orange) eyes and
yellow-orange to pale red (not yellow) cere and legs. Tail pattern
unique: 3 pale grey bars each with vertical central white line
(white feather shafts). Rare melanistic form occurs.
2 colour forms: underparts either white or rufous, both, however,
streaked and barred; upperparts brown (including rump), and both
have light eyebrow and dark ear-patch. Cere and legs paler than ad.
Uncommon to locally common resident.
Tall open woodland, both indigenous and alien.
Almost entirely birds (up to dove size).
Fast kwee-kwee-kwee... ascending in tone.
Monogamous. Favours tall alien trees in which to nest.