Dark Chanting Goshawk

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Dark Chanting Goshawk
Dark Chanting Goshawk
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Melierax
Species:M. metabates
Binomial name
Melierax metabates
Heuglin,, 1861

The Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, eagles and harriers.

This hawk breeds in sub-Saharan Africa, but avoids the rain forests of the Congo basin. There is a small and declining isolated population in Morocco.

It is a resident species of tropical and subtropical savannah. It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays one or two eggs. It eats a variety of vertebrate prey and large insects.

Dark Chanting Goshawk is a large long-tailed broad-winged hawk, with a 105cm wingspan. It is slate-grey above and white with fine barring below. The tail is black and white. In flight, the wings are grey with black tips. The flight is stiff and mechanical.

This species derives its name from the breeding season song, which consists of chanted flutes and whistles.

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