Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus) - African Wildlife and Nature Photographs

Pale Chanting Goshawk

Family: Accipitridae

Genus: Melierax

The (southern) Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus) is a bird of prey or raptor of medium size and a resident breeding bird of Southern Africa. It normally resides in dry, open semi-desert which has 75 cm (2.4ft) or less annual rainfall. Pale Chanting Goshawk can also commonly be seen perched on roadside telephone poles from which they spot their quarry.

The Pale Chanting Goshawk is a medium sized raptor of 55–65 cm (22 - 26 in) long. Quite distinctive in the field, mature birds have grey upper parts and a white rump. The central tail feathers of the Pale Chanting Goshawk are black tipped with white and the outer feathers are barred grey and white. The head and upper breast are pale grey, the rest of the underparts are finely barred in dark grey and white. Its eyes are pale yellow with a stark contrasting bill which is mostly orange and it has long orange legs. It is paler than its cousin the Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates).

The Pale Chanting Goshawk is known to eat a variety of prey, this mainly constitutes lizards, but it is also known to take small mammals and birds and sometimes large insects, the Pale Chanting Goshawk can often be seen walking on the ground looking for its prey. Breeding takes place in mid winter (Southern Hemisphere) with the female laying her eggs in a small stick nest. The female lays and she incubates one or two pale bluish or greenish white eggs, where normally only one chick is reared from the clutch.

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