French: Épervier des Ovampos German: Ovambosperber Spanish: Gavilán del Ovampo
Other common names:
Okavango River, Ovamboland, Namibia
Senegambia and Sierra Leone E to Central African Republic and locally to Ethiopia, and from Uganda and Kenya S to Angola, N Namibia, Botswana and N South Africa; in N of range mainly non-breeding visitor or a wanderer.
30–40 cm; male 105–190 g, female 180–305 g; wingspan 60–75 cm . Small to mid-sized Accipiter, with small pointed head and relatively long... read more
Silent except when nesting; main contact and territorial call is a repeated "keep keep keep... read more
Edges of drier forest, woodland and exotic plantations, moving into surrounding savanna and... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small birds of 10–60 g, although female takes doves of up to 250 g and, cuckoos, nightjars, bee-eaters, woodpeckers and... read more
Laying May, Sept in Kenya; Aug–Dec (mainly Sep–Oct) in S Africa; nest-building Mar in Cameroon. Mainly the female builds (over... read more
Resident in at least parts of S Africa (though numbers said to decrease during austral winter in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Widespread and locally common in S and C African woodlands and plantations; considered to be particularly common in Gauteng... read more
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