French: Autour sombre German: Graubürzel-Singhabicht Spanish: Azor lagartijero oscuro
White Nile between latitudes 6° N and 7° N, South Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. theresae
R. Meinertzhagen, 1939 – SW Morocco.
M. m. neumanni
E. J. O. Hartert, 1914 – Mali E to N Sudan.
M. m. ignoscens
Friedmann, 1928 – SW Arabian Peninsula.
M. m. metabates
Heuglin, 1861 – Senegambia E to Eritrea and Ethiopia, S to NE DRCongo and N Tanzania.
M. m. mechowi
Cabanis, 1882 – Angola E to S Tanzania, S to N Namibia and NE South Africa.
42–50 cm; male 646–695 g (478–700 g in race mechowi), female 841–852 g (650–815 g in race mechowi); wingspan 86–104 cm.... read more
Considered to be generally silent outside breeding season. Calls generally similar to those of ... read more
Moist broadleaved woodlands and well-wooded savanna, barely overlapping with drier habitats of... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small vertebrates, especially lizards, small snakes and birds, up to size of Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris),... read more
Laying Mar–May in NW, W & NE Africa; mainly Feb–Apr (perhaps also Oct) in SW Arabia; Jun–Jul in E Africa; Aug–... read more
Resident and sedentary in most areas; some movement S in dry season in W Africa, and into NE Zaire... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Widespread and common, especially in C Africa, where only recently (mid 1990s) added to Congo-Brazzaville list. Apparently... read more
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