French: Gymnogène d’Afrique German: Höhlenweihe Spanish: Aguilucho caricalvo común
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
P. t. pectoralis
Sharpe, 1903 – Senegambia E, N to Aïr Mts (NW Niger), to W Sudan and S to DRCongo and NW Angola (Cabinda).
P. t. typus
A. Smith, 1829 – E Sudan to Eritrea, E Africa and S to Angola and S Africa.
51–68 cm; male 500–710 g (pectoralis), female 580–820 g (pectoralis), sexes combined 642–950 g (typus); wingspan 118–... read more
Loud, far-reaching “wah…wah…wah…wah” sometimes followed by lower-pitched “rugh”. In flight, gives a... read more
All forms of forest, from moist woodlands to savanna and arid steppe; also Ethiopian highlands. In... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small animals, such as birds, their eggs and nestlings, bats, squirrels, lizards, various arthropods and insect larvae; these are... read more
Little information for such a common and widespread species. Laying Nov–May in W & NE Africa; Oct in E Kenya; Jun–Dec in S... read more
Resident and sedentary in most areas, but a regular wet-season migrant into Sahel zone in some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. One of the commonest birds of prey in forests and open woodlands of W Africa, especially where oil and Borassus... read more
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