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African Harrier Hawk, Iv'e never seen a bird look so sad...

By tommyld
The African Harrier-Hawk, Harrier Hawk, or Gymnogene (Polyboroides typus) is a bird of prey. It is about 6066 cm in length, and is related to the harriers. It breeds in most of Africa south of the Sahara. The only other member of the genus is the allopatric Madagascar Harrier-Hawk

Its habitat is woodland preferably with palm trees and often near water. It builds a stick nest in the fork of a tree or the crown of a palm tree. The clutch is one to three eggs.

The African Harrier-Hawk is a medium-sized raptor. The upperparts, head and breast are pale grey. The belly is white with fine dark barring. The broad wings are pale grey with a black trailing edge fringed with a narrow white line. The tail is black with a single broad white band. There is a bare facial patch of variable colour. Sexes are similar, but young birds have pale brown instead grey, and dark brown replacing black.

The African Harrier-Hawk is omnivorous, eating the fruit of the Oil Palm as well as hunting vertebrates. Its ability to climb, using wings as well as feet, and its long double-jointed legs, enable this bird to raid the hole nests of barbets and woodhoopoes for fledglings. A comparable leg-structure and behavior can be found in the Neotropical Crane Hawk; a case of convergent evolution. The call is a whistled sueee-sueee-sueee

Tags: Wild life Wildlife and nature

Voters: canonfan, annettep38, zapar40 and 12 more


annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Costa Rica
21 Jul 2012 8:07AM
A great shot and a very interesting write -up

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NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2012 8:50AM
A very well captured, and somewhat emotive image, which is crammed packed full of natural colour and great detail.

Regards Natahn
fentiger 18 920 24 England
21 Jul 2012 9:08AM
It is indeed a sad looking bird as many in captivity do. A fine capture.

bagman 8 65 United States
21 Jul 2012 2:56PM
Gorgeous fine detail in this wonderful captured hawk.
26 Apr 2013 7:36PM
The obvious quality of the capture enhances the presentation with a great and interesting narrative.

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