The Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus is a common raptor in more arid habitats and may often be seen perched on roadside poles in the Karoo.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Goshawk (Behavior)
Goshawk (Names)
Author: Steyn, Peter
Pub Date: 09/01/2010
Publication: Name: South African Medical Journal Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0256-9574
Issue: Date: Sept, 2010 Source Volume: 100 Source Issue: 9
Topic: Event Code: 110 Organizational nomenclature
Geographic: Geographic Scope: South Africa Geographic Code: 6SOUT South Africa
Accession Number: 237534426
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The Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus is a common raptor in more arid habitats and may often be seen perched on roadside poles in the Karoo. Its grey coloration, long red legs and typically upright posture all serve to identify it. It captures prey in a quick swoop from its vantage point, and its diet comprises small mammals, snakes, lizards, birds and insects. Its name derives from its melodious chanting call, a loud piping kleeu-kleeu-kleeu-kluklu-klu-klu which accelerates and becomes more tremulous towards the end. The call is often emitted at dawn, and from a distance could be mistaken for the Good lord Deliver us call of the Fiery-necked Nightjar.

Photo and text: Peter Steyn

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