Rainbirder

Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax poliopterus)

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The Pale Chanting Goshawk of Eastern Africa.
In Kenya it is found to the east of the Great Rift Valley being replaced by the Dark Chanting Goshawk in the west.
(A separate species of Pale Chanting Goshawk is found in Southern Africa).
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Adult Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk; Tsavo West, Kenya, July 2012.
This species replaces the Dark Chanting Goshawk in the dry eastern half of Kenya, east of the Rift Valley. It is easiest to distinguish by the bright yellow cere and the unbarred vent/undertail base (a feature also apparent in immature birds).
Fortunately the range of these two species don't overlap.


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An immature Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk; Tsavo West, Kenya, July 2012.
I got the impression he wasn't to happy to see us!

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Fantastic pictures, Rainbirder!

 

It is one of my favourite birds, actually.

 

I have seen Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk in various places, but the highest density I have encountered was at the foothills of the Matthews' Range. Also plenty of them in Meru.

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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, August 2013 (now known as Eastern Chanting-Goshawk)

 

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Serengeti, June 2008

 

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