French: Épervier de Frances German: Echsenhabicht Spanish: Gavilán de Frances
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
A. f. griveaudi
Benson, 1960 – Ngazidja (Grand Comoro), W Comoro Is.
A. f. pusillus
(Gurney, Sr, 1875) – Ndzuani (Anjouan), C Comoro Is.
A. f. brutus
(Schlegel, 1865) – Maore (Mayotte), E Comoro Is.
A. f. francesiae
A. Smith, 1834 – Madagascar.
28–35 cm; male 104–140 g, female 112–185 g; wingspan 40–54 cm. On Madagascar, separation from region’s other small Accipiter,... read more
Very vocal, especially during breeding season. Loud, piercing, medium- to high-pitched “kee kee kee... read more
All types of primary and secondary forest, and commercial plantations (e.g. Eucalyptus,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly large insects, such as cicadas, dragonflies, mantises, wasps, grasshoppers, locusts or beetles (Carabidae, Scarabaeidae); also... read more
Laying in Sept–Dec (mainly Oct–Nov) in Madagascar and on Mayotte, but territorial calling and display can commence Aug and nest... read more
None recorded. The distinct races on separate islands of the Comoro Is suggest a sedentary species.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. The commonest of the three members of its genus in Madagascar, but rather uncommon in arid S. Perhaps commonest in NE... read more
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