The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

African Harrier-Hawk

Afrikaans name: Kaalwangvalk

African Harrier-Hawk

African Harrier Hawk

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Polyboroides typus

The African Harrier-Hawk, as it is now called, is more commonly called the Gymnogene. Adult birds have grey plumage while juveniles are brown.

This raptor is found in woodland as well as suburban areas.

The African Harrier-Hawk spends its days clambering around in trees where it investigates holes looking for birds and chicks in nests. The legs of the African Harrier-Hawk are double-jointed which gives it the ability to feel round in all directions inside a hole.

Besides stealing birds from nests it will catch small mammals and it also eats the fruit of the Oil Palm.

The African Harrier-Hawk lays up to 3 eggs.

References and further reading

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Published: 1984 - Page: 91

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 56

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 114

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 68

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 156

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 122

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 102

Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands - Author: Alan and Meg Kemp - Published: 1998 - Page: 128

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 148

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 152

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 120

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 89

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 114

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 184

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 184

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 52

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 56

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 72

Know your Birds of Prey - Author: - Published: 0 - Page: 31

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 60

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 14

Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Published: 1989 - Page: 372

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 45

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 136

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 136

African Birds of Prey - Author: Leslie Brown - Published: 1970 - Page: 137

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 40

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 110

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 68

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 87

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Published: 1985 - Page: 201

Birds of Prey of the World - Author: Friedhelm Weick - Published: 1980 - Page: 84

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 86

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 22

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 63

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 84

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