Dark Chanting-goshawk Melierax metabates
Dark Chanting Goshawk, near Bolgatanga, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

near Bolgatanga , Ghana
June 2011

The Dark Chanting-goshawk is distributed in sub-Saharan Africa with the exception of the Congo Basin, the south and west and the Horn of Africa. It is found in open woodland and thornbush where it tends to perch conspicuously from where it glides down to the ground to catch its prey of reptiles, birds, rodents and insects. It also hunts on the ground.

Dark Chanting Goshawk, near Bolgatanga, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image It has long, red legs, long broad wings and a longish rounded tail.
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