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Madagascar Harrier-Hawk - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Vernon Lundy
Berenty, Madagascar, September 2004

Alternative Name: Madagascar Gymnogene

Polyboroides radiatus


57–68 cm

  • Grey Upperparts
  • Black primaries
  • White barred black tail
  • White and black barred underparts
  • Pink facial skin

Similar Species

African Harrier-Hawk


Photo by edenwatcher
Betsiboka Delta, Madagascar, October 2010

Madagascar: occurs throughout the island.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Primary and secondary forest, woodland, savanna and cultivated land, including banana plantations.



Their diet consists of insects, locusts, beetles etc; also their larvae and nestlings.

Photo by ugolino
Near Ampijoroa, Madagascar, August 2014


Call:a long, shrill pee-ee-ee-ee.


Resident, possibly nomadic in some areas.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2014)

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