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Pale Chanting Goshawk ? (1 Viewer)


Pale Chanting Goshawk ? Namibia

I think this is a Juv of Pale Chanting Goshawk, please, can you confirm ?

Thank you


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Sorry, I have tried to edit the title because I have forgotten the location, it doesn't appears in the main title but only on the top of the post. ( Namibia ):C
Thank you very much


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Hi there,

It's a Pale Chanting Goshawk indeed.

The underparts pattern fits Pale best: the chest is well streaked and the belly rather uniform (kind of the opposite in DCG: breast usually plainer and belly neatly barred). I also find that in Southern Africa, the rusty coloured underparts of juv/imm Pale is a good indication, juv/imm Dark tend to be darker brown.

The clincher is the undertail pattern: the black bars are broad and well defined, a DCG would show thinner and less distinct bars. Also, the underwing markings strongly points towards PCG, especially the secondaries: the blacks bars contrast sharply against the feathers (on DCG, this pattern is only subdued) and they show a broad black trailing edge. The underwing coverts of juv DCG are delicately and thinely barred, here you can barely make out a pattern.

Lastly, in Namibia, Dark Chanting Goshawk occurs only in the extreme North-East of the country, towards the Caprivi Strip.


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Beautiful image! Please upload to the gallery here in BF, more members would see and enjoy the image there!


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