- Polihierax semitorquatus
Female or immature
Photo by Mybs
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
18â€“21 cm (7-8Â¼ in); a tiny raptor
Most often, the side of head is white all around the eye, more rarely with a dark stripe through the eye or with the grey cap reaching lower down. Rump is white, and in flight, the entire underside looks white.
Male has grey upperside while female has chestnut back, and immature is mostly like female.
Eastern and southern Africa: breeding in East Africa in northern and western Somalia, eastern Ethiopia, south-east Sudan and northern Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
In southern Africa occurs in south Angola, eastern Namibia, Botswana and north-central South Africa. Resident.
This is a monotypic species1.
Two subspecies are sometimes recognised: P. s. semitorquatus in southern Africa and P. s. castanotus in eastern Africa3.
Semi-desert, acacia savanna and open woodland.
Prey consists primarily of large insects, such as beetles, grasshopper and termites, also small reptiles and rodents.
- 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/
- Sinclair et al. 2002. Birds of Southern Africa. Princeton Field Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 0-691-09682-1
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)
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