Kenya Birds

Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk


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Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk

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Melierax poliopterus

Other Pics: Immature Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk

Other Names

  English Pale Chanting Goshawk, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Somali Chanting Goshawk   French Autour à ailes grises   German Weißbürzel Singhabicht   Spanish Azar-largatijero Somalí   Swedish Blek sånghök   Dutch Bleke Zanghavik   Italian Atore cantante orientale

World: East Africa, from southern central Ethiopia eastwards through Somalia and then south through eastern Uganda, Kenya to central Tanzania

Kenya: Common in open bush and wooded areas across most of the country although less common in the west where it is mostly replaced by the Dark Chanting Goshawk

This is a very distinctive bird which is difficult to confuse with anything other than the less common Dark Chanting Goshawk. The ranges of the 2 species may overlap in the west of Kenya but the 2 can be distinguished by cere colour, which is yellow in the Pale and pinkish-red in the Dark Chanting Goshawk and the under tail coverts (white in the Pale Chanting and barred in the Dark Chanting).

The Pale Chanting Goshawk is a large, upright-perching hawk which, even as a juvenile , is easily recognisable from its long bare legs and tarsi and distinctive barring. Its habit of perching on open branches also makes it relatively easy to spot. In the adult birds males and females are similarly coloured and marked but females tend to be larger

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