French: Busautour à joues grises German: Amurteesa Spanish: Busardo carigrís
Other common names:
J. F. Gmelin
NE China to Amurland and Ussuriland, Japan and Izu Is. Winters from S & SE China and Taiwan through Indochina and Malay Peninsula to Greater Sundas, Philippines, Sulawesi, N Moluccas and, rarely, on islands off NW New Guinea.
41–48 cm; male 375–433 g; wingspan 101–110 cm. Mid-sized, long-winged, kite-like hawk; white throat with dark mesial streak; head greyish-brown; pale... read more
Main call described as a peevish, whistled "whick-awee" or "pik-wee".
Wooded areas adjacent to open country, e.g. pastures, peat bogs; often near water, e.g. marshes,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly frogs, snakes, lizards, rodents, insects (e.g. cicada nymphs) and possibly birds. Often hunts from perch, typically at top of dead... read more
Nest building from late Mar–Apr, by both sexes; laying from mid-Apr–late May. Fairly small nest of twigs, built in tree,... read more
Migratory; flocks of thousands of birds sometimes gather. In Thailand, 14,962 southbound migrants... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Size and trends of populations very poorly known. Not uncommon in Japan, nor perhaps in Ussuriland, where distances of 4... read more
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