Alternative name Savannah Hawk
- Buteogallus meridionalis
46–64 cm (18-25¼ in); Long, broad wings and a short tail
- Mottled upper-parts
- Banding on under-parts
- Long yellow legs
- Iris: reddish-yellow to pale brown
- Yellow cere
Open country, forest edge, lakesides and swampy savanna. Usually observed up to 1000 m, sometimes higher.
They build the nest of sticks lined with grass in a palm tree. They lay a single white egg; the young fledge after 6 - 7 weeks.
A varied diet consisting of large insects, crabs, lizards, snakes and small mammals. They can hunt on foot, but will also swoop down on their prey from a high perch.
Several birds may gather to hunt after grass fires.
- 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/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Savanna Hawk. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 12 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Savanna_Hawk