French: Autour gabar German: Gabarhabicht Spanish: Gavilán gabar
Zwart River, Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
M. g. niger
(Vieillot, 1823) – Senegambia E to Eritrea and SW Arabia, and S to N Cameroon, S Chad and South Sudan.
M. g. aequatorius
Clancey, 1987 – Ethiopian Highlands S to DRCongo, N Zambia and N Mozambique.
M. g. gabar
(Daudin, 1800) – Angola, Zambia and Mozambique S to South Africa.
28–36 cm; male 90–173 g, female 167–240 g; wingspan 56–66 cm. Female larger than male, e.g. has wing 186–215 mm (versus 183–204 mm in male... read more
Mainly silent, except in display (where useful for identification as quite different from voice of... read more
Mainly open thorn savanna (e.g. Acacia–Combretum woodland and Acacia... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small birds of 10–80 g, up to 352 g young Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris), francolins or coucals (... read more
Laying usually at end of dry season: Mar–Jun in W & NE Africa (but sometimes until Aug in Ethiopia); Feb–Nov, with two... read more
Resident in many areas, but fluctuations in numbers suggest some local movements S in dry season in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common and widespread through a diverse range of savanna and woodland habitats, although rarely nests in plantations of... read more
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