French: Busard tacheté German: Fleckenweihe Spanish: Aguilucho moteado
Jardine and Selby
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Australia; Sulawesi and Sumba (W Lesser Sundas); also recorded (possibly resident) on Sula Is, Butung and Timor.
50–61 cm; male 407–537 g, larger female 530–745 g; wingspan 121–147 cm. Slimmer and longer-tailed than C. approximans with broad-based well-... read more
Gives a sharp, high-pitched "wik wik wik" and a more chattering "kikikikik",... read more
Treeless or sparsely wooded grasslands, subdesert and thornbush, savannas, plains and cropland (... read more
Food and feeding
Terrestrial birds (quails, larks, pipits), mammals (mainly mice, but to size of bandicoots and rabbits), large insects and reptiles (... read more
Usually Sept–Oct in S Australia, exceptionally Mar–Jun; Jun–Sept in N; may rear two broods in single year. Solitary and... read more
Partly migratory in S, some birds wintering in tropics; status uncertain in Sula Is and Lesser... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Generally uncommon but widespread; may have benefited locally in S by creation of habitat, and increase in native and... read more
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