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Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

Afrikaans name: Bleeksingvalk

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Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

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Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

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Melierax canorus

The Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus) is found over most of South Africa excluding the eastern region and the extreme south-west.

The Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk is quite common in the western half of South Africa. It prefers drier areas with some trees and open areas that provide ideal hunting grounds.

The 'Chanting' part of their common name comes from the musical call of the male during the breeding season.

They feed on smaller mammals up to the size of a rabbit and will take most birds. Insects, lizards, frogs and baby tortoises are also on its menu.

Male Southern Pale Chanting Goshawks are fiercely territorial and will defend their territories against intrusion by other males. Some males, however, recruit another male as an assistant who helps with activities related to breeding and may even, on rare occasions, mate with the female.

The nest is built by the pair, perhaps with an assistant male, in a suitable tree or structure such as a pylon. Either one or two eggs are laid and are attended to by both parents. Youngsters stay in the parents territories for approximately a year.

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