Eastern Chanting Goshawk (Melierax poliopterus
aka Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk & Somali Chanting Goshawk Appearance
Eastern Chanting Goshawks are large, 24" (60cm) birds, with pale grey upperparts, head and breast. Its belly is is barred grey & white and the rump is white. The black bill has a yellow cere and gape. Its long legs and feet are orange. Eyes are brown.
The immature has rufus streaked underparts, no yellow around bill and yellow, not orange, legs. Habits
Eastern Chanting Goshawks are usually seen alone, perched up high, ready to swoop down on prey with stiff wings. Diet
Eastern Chanting Goshawks eat small reptiles, mammals and other birds. Resident
Eastern Chanting Goshawks are commonly seen in Kenya below 2,000 metres, in semi-arid wood and bushlands. Not seen in west of the country. Extra Eastern Chanting Goshawks Facts
Eastern Chanting Goshawks are similar in shape to Dark Chanting Goshawk
, the main difference being the colour of the cere and gape, which are pink-red in the latter. Never seen in same area. Photographs
Photographed in Kenya's Meru National Park.