French: Autour unibande German: Sperberbussard Spanish: Busardo gavilán
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.
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
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