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Harrier-hawk, African

Roberts No: 169

A large broad-winged hawk, with small head and long tail with a single broad white central band, bare facial skin. Forages by slow searching, inserts legs into awkward hollows and nests to take prey. Legs can bend backwards and from side to side. Visits nests of Cape Weaver birds on Leisure Isle.

Family Name:
Polyboroides typus
Common Name:
Harrier-hawk, African
60 to 66 cm
Insects, spiders, reptiles, small mammals, young and adult birds, birds’ eggs.