Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Lizard Buzzard (Kaupifalco monogrammicus)


French: Autour unibande German: Sperberbussard Spanish: Busardo gavilán

Falco monogrammicus


, 1824,



Race meridionalis (originally described in genus Micronisus) rather poorly differentiated; species often treated as monotypic. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • K. m. monogrammicus (Temminck, 1824) – from Senegambia E through C Africa to Ethiopia and S to Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • K. m. meridionalis (Hartlaub, 1860) – S DRCongo and Tanzania (except N) S to NE South Africa and W to Angola and N Namibia.
  • Descriptive notes

    30–37 cm; male 220–275 g, female 248–410 g; wingspan 63–79 cm. Thickset, relatively small-bodied hawk with large head but small bill, and longish,... read more


    Song is a clear melodious "kleeeo klu-klu-klu-kli-kli-klee" that is regularly repeated,... read more


    Moist broadleaved deciduous woodlands, extending along riverine forest and into adjacent dense... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly large insects (and their larvae), especially grasshoppers, beetles and termites, lizards and small snakes; also frogs, rodents,... read more


    Laying Feb–Apr in W & NE Africa; Sept in Gabon; probably all months in Zaire; Jan–Mar and Aug–Oct in E Africa; Mar... read more


    Resident in many large tracts of woodland. Some irregular local expansion into drier areas of S... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common and quite conspicuous in woodlands of W Africa at 1 pair/80 ha; less abundant in E, C & S Africa, although even... read more

    Recommended citation

    Kemp, A.C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Lizard Buzzard (Kaupifalco monogrammicus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 February 2020).