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Eastern Chanting Goshawk

Melierax poliopterus

The eastern (pale) chanting goshawk (Melierax poliopterus), or Somali chanting goshawk, is a bird of prey of East Africa. Adults have grey head, neck, breast, and upperparts, except for the white or lightly barred uppertail coverts. The belly has narrow grey and white bars and the undertail coverts are white. The belly and wing linings are white, the secondaries are light grey, and the primaries are dark, giving an impression from below of a white bird with grey head and dark wingtips. The tail is blackish above and white below with grey bars. The cere is yellow, and the legs are orange-red. Juveniles are dull brown above with a pale stripe over the eye. They have white underparts with brown streaks on the throat and breast, brown bars on the belly coverts, and faint or no barring on the undertail coverts. The tail is brown with widely spaced darker brown bars. The rump is white, partially barred or unmarked. They are indistinguishable from some juvenile dark chanting goshawks except for the less barred undertail coverts and rump. Also, the legs are slightly longer at all ages than the dark chanting goshawk's.
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Roger Sparks
Tuesday 25 Jul 2023 - 10:38am
Kenya
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Craig Clow
Friday 07 Apr 2023 - 1:05pm
Uganda
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James Lowe
Monday 13 Sep 2021 - 3:57pm
Kenya
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Lucas Corneliussen
Tuesday 02 Jul 2019 - 10:25am
Tanzania
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