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Eastern Chanting Goshawk
Melierax poliopterus

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Stable.

Other Names: Eastern Chanting-goshawk, Eastern Pale Chanting-goshawk, Somali Chanting-goshawk.

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Distribution: Afrotropical. Southeastern ETHIOPIA and SOMALIA south to eastern UGANDA and northern TANZANIA. more....

Subspecies: Monotypic.

Taxonomy: Often considered a subspecies of Melierax canorus of South Africa (e.g., Brown and Amadon 1968 and Stresemann and Amadon 1979), but probably forms a superspecies with that form and M. metabates.

Movements: Irruptive or local migrant (Bildstein 2006). Probably mostly sedentary, but regular northward migration has been reported from southeastern Kenya between January-March (Rasa 1986).

Habitat and Habits: Occurs in savanna, steppe, semi-arid, and arid regions. Most common in undisturbed dry savanna grassland with scattered bushes and thorn trees, generally occurring in drier habitats than the Dark Chanting-goshawk. Usually found singly, or in pairs on exposed perches, including camel humps (Ash and Miskell 1998). more....

Food and Feeding Behavior: Preys on small birds, rodents, lizards, and insects, hunting mainly on the ground. Often seen perching in the open on the top of a bush or low thorn tree. more....

Breeding: Clutch size is one egg. more....

Conservation: Common throughout its range. Potential threats to this species include habitat loss from overgrazing, tree cutting, and woodland destruction by elephants, and possibly interspecific competition (Verdoorn and Roth 2000). Categorized globally as a species of "Least Concern" by BirdLife International.

Important References: 
Brown, L.H., E.K. Urban, and K. Newman. 1982. The birds of Africa. Vol. 1.
  Academic Press, London.
Ferguson-Lees, J., and D.A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the world. Houghton
  Mifflin, Boston, MA.
Kemp, A.C. 1994. Eastern Chanting-goshawk. P. 144 in del Hoyo, J., A.
  Elliott, and J. Sargatal (eds). Handbook of birds of the world. Vol. 2. New
  World vultures to guineafowl. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Lerner, H.R.L., M.C. Klaver, and D.P. Mindell. 2008. Molecular
  phylogenetics of the buteonine birds of prey (Accipitridae). Auk
Rasa, O.A.E. 1986. Nocturnal group flights of the Pale Chanting Goshawk
  (Melierax canorus poliopterus) in the Taru Desert, Kenya. Ostrich
Rasa, O.A.E. 1987. Patterns of intra-African small raptor spring
  migrations in the Taru Desert, Kenya. African Journal of Ecology 25:165-171.
Smeenk, C. 1974. Comparative ecological studies of some East African
  birds of prey. Ardea 62:1-97.
Smeenk, C., and N. Smeenk Enserink. 1976. Observations on the Pale
  Chanting-goshawk Melierax poliopterus, with comparative notes
  on the Gabar Goshawk Micronisus gabar. Ardea 63:93-115.

Sites of Interest:
Eastern Chanting Goshawk photos.

Last modified: 11/12/2009

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