Alternative names: Crested Hawk, Baza, Pacific Cuckoo-Falcon
- Aviceda subcristata
35â€“46 cm; long tail and prominent crest
- Grey head, neck and breast
- White underparts with bold dark banding
- Short legs
- Yellow eyes
The female is heavier and browner on the crown than the male.
Northern and eastern Australia, Indo-Malayan peninsula, New Guinea and nearby islands and the Solomon Islands.
There are 13 subspecies:
- A. s. timorlaoensis: Lesser Sundas and islands off Sulawesi
- A. s. pallida: Seram Laut (Manawoka and Gorong) and Kai Islands
- A. s. reinwardtii: South Moluccas (Boano, Seram, Ambon and Haruku)
- A. s. stresemanni: Buru (central Moluccas)
- A. s. rufa: Moluccas (Morotai, Halmahera, Ternate, Tidore, Bacan and Obi)
- A. s. waigeuensis: Waigeo Island (off northern New Guinea)
- A. s. obscura: Biak Island (off northern New Guinea)
- A. s. stenozona: Aru Islands and western New Guinea
- A. s. megala: Eastern New Guinea
- A. s. coultasi: Admiralty Islands
- A. s. bismarckii: Bismarck Archipelago
- A. s. gurneyi: Solomon Islands
- A. s. subcristata: Northern and eastern Australia
Rain and swamp forests and forest edges, mangroves, grasslands, farmlands and urban areas. They prefer well-watered areas.
Omnivorous. Their mains diet includes large insects, particularly stick insects and mantids, frogs, lizards and fruit.
The nest is flimsy and flat and made of sticks; it is placed high in the upper leafy branches of a tree. The clutch consists of 2-4 eggs. Both adults brood and feed the chicks.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)
- Birds in Backyards
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