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Urotriorchis macrourus


60cm Resembles a very large Accipter sp with a long, broad tail. Adult. Forehead, crown, nape and mantle flat, dark grey. Rump and upper tail coverts pur white. Sides to head as crown with a faint pale supercillium. Upperside of wings dark grey. Tail black with 5 thin white bars and white tip. Chin and throat varies from shining white ( common ) to medium grey ( rare ). Breast, belly, fore flanks and "thighs" rich chestnut. Undertail coverts and rear flanks white. Undersides of wings have rich chestnut coverts, remiges closely barred black and white with a narrow trailing edge. Eyes yellow, bill black, cere yellow, legs and feet yellow.

Juvenile. Predominantly brown on the upperparts, broader supercillium behind eye than adult, white streaks on the nape and dark centres to the rump and uppertail coverts. Faint / thin black moustachial stripe. Lower throat and centre of breast spotted, sides of breast and flanks more barred, as are the rear of the "thighs" - all on a white to cream background. The white bars on the undertail are much broader than on adults and the tail is longer with a more pointed tip. Underwing coverts are plain white / cream, rectrices greyish cream with fewer narrow bars than adult and a broad trailing edge. Bare parts as adult.


Africa. Upper Guinea forest from Liberia to Ghana, southernmost Nigeria, southern Cameroon, southwest Central African Republic, Equitorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, northern half of Democratic Republic of Congo and extreme northern Angola.






Diet includes squirrels and small birds.

Nests are built on a high tree.

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