Pale Chanting Goshawk

(Southern) Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus)

This hawk breeds in southern Africa. It is a resident species of dry, open semi-desert with 75 cm or less annual rainfall. It is commonly seen perched on roadside telephone poles.

This species is 56–65 cm long. The adult has grey upper-parts with a white rump.

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Immature have brown upper-parts, with a white rump and black bars on the tail.

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The Pale Chanting Goshawk eats a variety of vertebrate prey, mainly lizards, but also small mammals and birds, and large insects. It often walks on the ground.

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