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Eastern Chanting Goshawk

From Opus

Alternative name: Somali Chanting Goshawk

Photo © by balticbirdEthiopia, February 1997
Photo © by balticbird
Ethiopia, February 1997
Melierax poliopterus


[edit] Identification

JuvenilePhoto © by AladdinAs `Ela, Djibouti, September 2018
Photo © by Aladdin
As `Ela, Djibouti, September 2018

This species is 43–56 cm (17-22 in) long.
The adult has grey upperparts with a white rump. The central tail feathers are black tipped with white, and the outer feathers are barred grey and white.
The head and upper breast are pale grey; the rest of the underparts are finely barred in dark grey and white. Its eyes are red, the bill is mostly red, and it has long red legs.

[edit] Similar Species

It is paler than the grey-rumped Dark Chanting Goshawk, Melierax metabates.

[edit] Distribution

East Africa: breeds in Somalia and much of Ethiopia, in north and east Kenya and north-west Tanzania. Common in many parts of range.

[edit] Taxonomy

This taxon has been treated as a race of Pale Chanting-Goshawk M. canorus by some authors. It is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae.

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Desert, semi-desert and dry grassland with scattered trees. Requires trees for nesting and uses termite-hills, telephone poles, fenceposts and treetops as lookout posts. Range overlaps with Dark Chanting-Goshawk in some parts but generally occurs in more arid habitats.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of lizards, as well as snakes and small birds.

[edit] Vocalisation

This is generally a rather quiet bird, but during the breeding season the male makes a series of tuneful whistling calls kleeuu, kleeuu-ku-ku-ku from a tree-top perch.

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Recording © by Aladdin
As `Ela, Djibouti, September 2018

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. A thread discussing identification features is here
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2019)

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