French: Autour tachiro German: Afrikahabicht Spanish: Azor tachiro
Knysna district, Western Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
A. t. sparsimfasciatus
(Reichenow, 1895) – extreme SE Ethiopia and S Somalia S through E Africa, Zanzibar and SE DRCongo to N Angola, N Zambia, N Malawi and N Mozambique.
A. t. pembaensis
Benson & Elliott, 1975 – Pemba I (Tanzania).
A. t. tachiro
(Daudin, 1800) – SE Angola, S Zambia, S Malawi and S Mozambique S to E & S South Africa.
35–40 cm; male 160–230 g, female 227–510 g; wingspan 70 cm. Female larger than male, less rufous, with thicker bars below, similar to much smaller A.... read more
A sharp “whit” or “chip”, very similar to calls of A. toussenelii, given in flight and... read more
Dense vegetation, including evergreen, gallery and montane forest, deciduous forest, woodland and... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small birds and nestlings, bats and rodents; also squirrels, reptiles, amphibians, crabs and insects. Usually hunts from within... read more
Nesting occurs almost year-round in Kenya, with peaks from Mar–Jul and Oct–Feb; nests from Oct–Mar in Zambia, Sept–... read more
Apparently resident and sedentary in all areas, but some wandering to more arid habitat during long... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. One of the commonest and most conspicuous of the small hawks of African forested habitats, although no firm estimates of... read more
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