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Alternative Names: African Baza, African Cuckoo Falcon
40 cms. Brown head, black bill, blue-grey throat, yellow legs, brown back and brown eyes.
Sub-Saharan Africa. Breeds from Gambia and southern Senegal east to south-east Sudan, south-west Ethiopia and southern Kenya and south to southern Angola in the west and eastern South Africa in the east.
Mainly resident but a partial-migrant in the east and south. In coastal East Africa occurs mainly June-December.
Birds from north-east Zaire are sometimes separated as A. c. emini.
Forest, woodland and secondary-growth, usually stays within dense cover except in display flight above forest.
Solitary and skulking.
The diet includes insects, especially grasshoppers, also small snakes, lizards, birds and rodents.
Nesting takes place from September to February. The nest is a platform of leafy twigs, built by both sexes. Two chalky-white eggs with reddish-brown blotches are laid and are incubated by both sexes or just the female, for 32-33 days. The young are fed by both parents and fledge after about a month.
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