Skip to Content

Harrier-hawk, African (Gymnogene)

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa

Moderator: hilda

User avatar
Nico
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 872
Award: Video of the Year (2013)
Joined: Tue May 31, 2005 11:48 pm
Location: between a lot of green in Holland

Unread postby Nico » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:32 am

In this little video, you see a Gymnogene that found a nest of a Starling and took a young bird out of the nest. :shock:

[video]http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=0T0Y71YuMvU[/video]
Last edited by Nico on Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Freda
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2005
Joined: Sun Dec 05, 2004 7:01 am
Location: Marloth Park, South Africa

Unread postby Freda » Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:19 pm

Taken from the Letaba bridge on the H14, 17th March:
ImageImage

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5497
Award: Birder of the Year (2013)
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:37 am

They seem to be doing very well these guys. I have had 3 different sightings of it in the last week. One near Phabeni gate and two in the Soutpansberg range.

User avatar
Neil Crawford
Posts: 97
Joined: Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:04 am
Location: Sweden

Gymnogene

Unread postby Neil Crawford » Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:54 pm

Heres one that I think is a Booted eagle. We had seen Booted Eagle at Barrydale, and the girl we were with knew them well,
this is from the Swartberg pass (near Oudtshoorn), so quite close. It was about the size of a buzzard, so didn't think a lot about it, till I saw last night how eaglish it looks. It seems to have the white wing braces.
Can anyone confirm?
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2225/239 ... fd4e_m.jpg
Image

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2042/239 ... ed32_m.jpg
Image

User avatar
Neil Crawford
Posts: 97
Joined: Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:04 am
Location: Sweden

Unread postby Neil Crawford » Thu May 22, 2008 4:46 pm

Just to let you know, about a month ago I claimed this to be a Booted Eagle, since then Trevor Hardaker has looked at it and told me it's a Gymnogene!

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5497
Award: Birder of the Year (2013)
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri May 23, 2008 5:23 am

Neil, the naked tarsus(lower leg) and bar on the under part of the tail alone rules out booted eagle.

The broad wings and naked tarsus would also make me believe that this is in fact a Gymnogene.

User avatar
Batmad
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2729
Joined: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:05 pm
Location: Looking for Bats...

African Harrier Hawk (gymnogene)

Unread postby Batmad » Mon May 26, 2008 6:19 pm

AFRICAN HARRIER HAWK (GYMNOGENE)

Distribution: there range extends from the east coast, along the coast of sa up and through Mozambique, zimbabwe,botswane and Namibia and up north into africa.

Discription: this raptor has yellow feet. (Adult) body is grey and a band of yellow streches across from their beack to just before the ear, the tip of the beack it black and so are the eyes, the tail tip is also black with a few specks of black on their back. (Juv) is light brown on the bottom and dark on the top of their body.

Habitat: Rivirine forest and woodland.

Satus: common to rare.


off the topic i dont know how to post oics so no pics :redface: sorry :redface:
Avid birder, wildlife enthusiast and photographer with a special interest in Bats and Birds

2014 Birding Big Year- A 365 Day quest for 800 Species of Southern African Birds

User avatar
Aat
Posts: 1335
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 5:53 pm
Location: Netherlands

Re: African Harrier Hawk (gymnogene)

Unread postby Aat » Mon May 26, 2008 8:39 pm

Hi,
I just read this entry and if anyone would like to see the African Harrier Hawk you can look at my website , page Birds 1 , there is a large picture of this nice bird.
with regards
Aat


Batmad wrote:AFRICAN HARRIER HAWK (GYMNOGENE)

Distribution: there range extends from the east coast, along the coast of sa up and through Mozambique, zimbabwe,botswane and Namibia and up north into africa.

Discription: this raptor has yellow feet. (Adult) body is grey and a band of yellow streches across from their beack to just before the ear, the tip of the beack it black and so are the eyes, the tail tip is also black with a few specks of black on their back. (Juv) is light brown on the bottom and dark on the top of their body.

Habitat: Rivirine forest and woodland.

Satus: common to rare.


off the topic i dont know how to post oics so no pics :redface: sorry :redface:

Nannie
Posts: 171
Joined: Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:03 am
Location: Marloth,is where i want to be.

Unread postby Nannie » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:42 pm

On the S28,red face attack.
Image
Last edited by Nannie on Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:55 am, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2014)
Posts: 2620
Awards: Birder of the Year (2014) & Sighting of the Year - Birds (2013)
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:05 pm

Any idea what this is...

Image
Large view

Image
Large view

Image
Large view

Image
Large view

Small brown eye, very broad spacing of the barring on the tail and a suggestion of spotted buff of light rufous underparts. It was seen near Cape Vidal over the past weekend. I think this is a young bird, not a snake eagle nor (obviously) a true eagle... but what this is I still have zero idea.
671 Latest lifer: Black coucal

User avatar
Bahamut
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 170
Joined: Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:21 pm
Location: South Africa

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Bahamut » Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:58 pm

@JvR have a look at juv. honey buzzards (dark form). Matches in the square slightly notched tail dark eye ...
Will do some more research a bit later but seems the closest at 1st glance.

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5497
Award: Birder of the Year (2013)
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:24 pm

I still think that it is an immature Gymnogene, probably between 1 and 2nd plumage stages because of the yellow bill, but still overall brown coloration.

Joe, you had two cameras with you and you couldn't manage to get the front angle of the bird? :P

The head is smallish and the puffed neck appearance seems typical of an Gymnogene. It is not easy to judge the size of the bird though.

Zooming in on some of the pictures it looks like the blue'ish patch on the face is visible. I am battling to fit the tail pattern with that of a juv. Gymnogene but the coloration of the tail fits that of a juv. Gymnogene.

That is the best I can do with it at this stage of the game.
668
Latest Lifer(s): Buff-spotted Flufftail, Tree Pipit, Dimorphic Egret, Lesser Jacana, Citrine Wagtail, Black-tailed Godwit

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2014)
Posts: 2620
Awards: Birder of the Year (2014) & Sighting of the Year - Birds (2013)
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:20 pm

:lol: In fact, I had four cameras with me! :wink: The bird eventually took off without giving views of the front. I never saw it fly away. You know, between looking down at the field guide and back up at the bird... it went "poof"!

I believe you have hit the harrier-hawk on the head, WTM. The tail bar spacing and bill shape are spot-on, maybe a little off on colour - but then one must make allowances for juvie BBJs... (Colour is NEVER a good guide to go by for them babes)

Thanks for the pointer.
671 Latest lifer: Black coucal

User avatar
Gunner
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2592
Joined: Wed Aug 24, 2005 9:57 am
Location: South Africa, Mpumalanga, Middelburg....289km from KNP!!!

Harrier-Hawk: African (gymnogene)

Unread postby Gunner » Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:15 pm

Image

User avatar
Yolandé Oelsen
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 821
Joined: Mon May 19, 2008 11:17 pm
Location: Noordheuwel, Krugersdorp.SA

Re: Harrier-hawk, African (Gymnogene)

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:39 pm

I have seen this one close to Pretoriuskop last week.

Image

Image
www.whereeaglesrest.co.za
STIFFNECK
"I'll rise up like the Eagle & I will soar with You because Your Spirit leads me on ~ by the Power of Your Love"


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”