French: Épervier menu German: Rotbauchsperber Spanish: Gavilán papirrufo
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Subspecies and Distribution
A. r. perspicillaris
(Rüppell, 1836) – Eritrea and Ethiopian Highlands.
A. r. rufiventris
A. Smith, 1830 – scattered from Kenya and E DRCongo S to South Africa.
29–36 cm; 180–210 g; wingspan 58–72 cm. Sexes similar. Adult slate above, rufous below except for throat and lower belly, which are white. Within range, the... read more
Displaying adults emit sharp "kee-kee-kee-kee-kee" calls. Food-begging juveniles give mewing notes. read more
Nests in montane forest but hunts over open habitats such as savanna, grassland and fynbos adjacent... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly birds of 10–90 g, up to size of pigeons, together with some bats, rodents, lizards and a few insects. Hunts from a perch... read more
Laying Jul in Uganda; Sept–Dec in S Africa. Builds a platform of small sticks lined with leaves, bark and moss, 6–18 m up in... read more
Generally sedentary, although may move down in elevation from montane forest during winter, as in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Locally common, as at density of 1 pair/23–33 km2 in Transvaal, South Africa. Vulnerable to degradation of small... read more
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