SCIENTIFIC NAME: Melierax poliopterus
SWAHILI NAME: Kizu-domo-njano
Chanting goshawks earned their name from the melodious calls they make during nesting.
Wingspan: 95-110 cm
Male and female eastern chanting-goshawks have the same eye color. What is it?
Both sexes have dark red eyes, but females are larger than males.
Eastern chanting-goshawks are typically solitary and are often seen alone or in pairs sitting at the top of a tree or utility pole.
Some experts say calls can sound like a squeaking song; the calls vary during flight, when begging for food, or when alarmed.
These birds are known for quickly swooping from a high perch or in flight to catch their prey; they sometimes run after prey, but this is not typical.
Favored prey includes lizards, snakes, small birds, rodents, and some insects.
After moonlit courtship flights, the pair builds a small stick nest that is protected by foliage. The female performs most of the egg incubation. Chicks fledge around 50 days after they hatch.
Eastern chanting-goshawks suffer when their habitat is overgrazed or destroyed by elephants.
Kenya populations are stable.
Eastern chanting-goshawks are common in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.
These birds are widespread in dry thorn woodland and savanna.