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40cm. Sexes similar. Broad rounded wings.
The adult light morph has dark brown upperparts, white underparts, tail and flight feathers grey barred with dark. The immature is similar to the adult but the face is streaked rather than white, and the tail bands are of equal width, whereas the adult has a broad bar near the tail tip.
The adult dark morph has black-brown upperparts and underparts, apart from the tail and flight feathers, which are grey barred with dark as in the light morph but with darker grey. The young bird has the same tail pattern as the light-morph immature, and the underparts are spotted with white.
Two subspecies are recognized, brachyurus and fuligunosus.
Woodland, often near water.
The large stick nest is built in a tree, and 1-3 white eggs with dark spots and blotches are laid.
The diet includes other birds, some rodents, frogs, lizards and large insects.
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