: Across Africa (source: Wikipedia); other sources describe vagrancy in Egypt and Lesotho
Common resident, not threatened.
Height - 30-34 cm (other citations suggest up to 36 cm)
Bill - dark grey, red band across the cere
Head - grey
Chest and rump - lightly barred, light grey to white
Back - dark grey
Legs - red
Tail - black / grey barred
Other - narrow white pipe at extent of flight feathers
Similar in many respects to the Dark Chanting Goshawk, primary differentiation results from size, DCG coming in at 55+ cm.Feeding habits
This bird forages for food on the ground
The Melierax gabar attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten
This bird hunts for small reptiles such as lizards, geckos and bush snakes. The Gabar Goshawk strikes poisonous snakes on the head with one fatal blow which kills the snake instantly. There have been cases were this bird has been killed by a snake while hunting. Some birds have been blinded by Cobra venom.
The Melierax gabar attacks smaller birds in flight and uses its sharp claws to break the bird's neck. Some of the birds are attacked in their nests while others are killed on the ground. The Gabar Goshawk eats the eggs of its victim.
The diet includes small mammals such as rabbits, field mice and other rodents. Rodents are usually taken from the ground and killed using the sharp claws. The Gabar Goshawk uses its hard bill to tear up the flesh.
This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .Breeding, nesting, habitat
The Gabar Goshawk is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 4 eggs and they are coloured blue.
The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.
The Gabar Goshawk is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.
The bird is found in the arid and semi-arid regions of Southern Africa and it can withstand high day and night temperatures
The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings
The Gabar Goshawk is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.
It is also seen in flocksThe bird pictured top of thread was pictured late September 2007, in KNP, on the S82 Mativahlungu Loop, between Croc Bridge and Lower Sabie. The woodland thicket and surrounding scrub / savanna are consistent with various sources.
Photograph: Nikon D50, AF Nikkor 70-300 lens, FL 300 mm, F/5.6, 1/500s, 'action' programme. Hi-res available on request.