French: Autour noir German: Mohrenhabicht Spanish: Azor blanquinegro
Other common names:
[sic] A. Smith
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. temminckii
(Hartlaub, 1855) – Senegambia (non-breeding visitor) E to Central African Republic and W DRCongo.
A. m. melanoleucus
A. Smith, 1830 – E Sudan, Eritrea, N & W Ethiopia and E Africa (including Pemba I and Zanzibar, off Tanzania) S to Angola, Namibia and E & S South Africa.
40–58 cm; male 430–490 g, female 650–980 g; wingspan 77–105 cm. Pied plumage of adult notable, with white breast in normal morph, or at most white... read more
Only vocalizes during breeding season; pairs appear to duet prior to egg-laying, male giving high-... read more
All types of forest, dense woodland and exotic plantations, from tropical lowlands to high montane... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly birds of 80–300 g, up to size of guineafowl, but especially doves, pigeons and francolins. Exceptionally recorded taking... read more
Laying Aug–Nov in W Africa; Mar–Jun and Oct–Dec in Zaire and Kenya; May–Mar in S & C Africa (peak Jul–Aug... read more
Resident and territorial in most areas. However, rapidly colonizes new plantations in grassland or... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Widespread and common, but apparently at low density in extensive lowland rain forest tracts despite nest territory of only... read more
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