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Identification Help - Raptors

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby charbel » Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:15 am

Dear 'mites,
Is this a Black-chested snake-eagle?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:28 am

It does look like it could be a Black-chested Snake Eagle to me, charbel. :thumbs_up:

arks - I would guess a Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk - which is endemic to that area. Hopefully more mites would come along to help confirm that. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Albert » Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:28 am

Bushbuddies wrote:

arks - I would guess a Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk - which is endemic to that area. Hopefully more mites would come along to help confirm that. :thumbs_up:


@ arks: definitely Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk. They are quite common in the Stellenbosch area, and I would hazard a guess that a large proportion of the raptors that end up with the guys at Spier are either these birds or African Goshawks. The juveniles of the latter species seem particularly adept at getting themselves into trouble. We "rescued" one from my garden about 2 years ago; I still have the scars of the puncture marks on my thumb....
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby hilda » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:53 am

I agree with Bushbuddies' ID Charbel, it looks like a juvenile Black-chested Snake Eagle. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby arks » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:59 pm

Thanks for the ID, Bushbuddies and Albert :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby charbel » Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:05 pm

Thanks for the ID, Bushbuddies and Hilda!

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