French: Busautour des sauterelles German: Heuschreckenteesa Spanish: Busardo langostero
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Senegambia E to Eritrea and Ethiopia; migrates S to a long belt extending from Sierra Leone E through Nigeria, Cameroon and NE DRCongo to Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania.
35–44 cm; male 310–342 g, female 300–408 g; wingspan 92–106 cm. Mid-sized hawk, with weak bill, small head, relatively long legs and medium-length... read more
Gives loud chattering "ki-ki-ki-ki-keee", but only in breeding season.
Ranges from woodland and forest edge to arid thorn savanna and even subdesert scrub; sometimes on... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, especially grasshoppers, together with mantids, termite and ant alates, beetles, stick insects and spiders. Will take some... read more
Laying during rainy season: Mar–Apr across Sahel zone; Apr–May in N Cameroon; nest-building, Mar in Mali, and 2 young in... read more
A widespread and common intra-African sub-Saharan migrant, moving across 22° of latitude (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Locally abundant in several areas of W Africa during dry season, outnumbering all other raptors but Milvus migrans... read more
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