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Pale Chanting Goshawk - BirdForum Opus

Adult.Photo by jdbirdman
Photographed: Kruger National Park, R.S.A
Melierax canorus


Male - grey crown, pale nape and upper back, white upper tail coverts with white bar at base of tail. Central tail feathers black, tipped with white, outer feathers barred grey and white. Primary flight feathers black and grey. Chin, throat, upper breast are pale grey, lower breast, belly, thights are dark grey and white. Eyes and legs are red. Juveniles are duller and sepia brown.

The calls are a rapidly repeated klueee-kli-kli-kli-kli-kli-klip-kleeeep and a long, drawn-out, high-pitched kleeeee-u, kleeeee-u at distinct intervals.

Similar Species

Dark Chanting Goshawk


South-west Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and south-west Zimbabwe.


Two subspecies are sometimes recognised: the nominate race from Cape Province to Orange Free State (South Africa) and argentior in remainder of range.


Desert, semi-desert and dry grassland with scattered trees. Requires trees for nesting and uses termite-hills, telephone poles, fenceposts and treetops as lookout posts.


Juvenile. Photo by agnese
Namibia June 2009

The diet includes lizards and insects, and small mammals up to the size of a hare.

It builds a nest of small sticks and dung, added as lining. It can be up to twenty inches across with a shallow cup of ten inches diameter. 1-2 pale bluish or greenish white, unmarked, eggs are laid at intervals of several days. Only the female incubates, and when two eggs are laid they hatch at intervals of several days. Only one young is normally reared from a nest of two. The young after leaving the nest may be found near it for some months and in the following year may even be found displaying in the same area.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Birdforum thread with ID pointers for juvenile Chanting Goshawk

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