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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

Afrikaans name: Bleeksingvalk

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

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Melierax canorus

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

It 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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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 134

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Year Published: 1974 - Page: 62

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Year Published: 1974 - Page: 116

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 183

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 60

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 13

Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 410

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 178

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 146

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 142

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 116

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 85

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 56

List of South African Birds

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