The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

Afrikaans name: Bleeksingvalk

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

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Melierax canorus

The Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk is found over most of South Africa excluding the eastern region and the extreme south-west.

It is quite common in the western half of South Africa. It prefers drier areas with some trees and open areas that provide ideal hunting grounds.

The 'Chanting' part of their common name comes from the musical call of the male during the breeding season.

They feed on smaller mammals up to the size of a rabbit and will take most birds. Insects, lizards, frogs and baby tortoises are also on its menu.

Male Southern Pale Chanting Goshawks are fiercely territorial and will defend their territories against intrusion by other males. Some males, however, recruit another male as an assistant who helps with activities related to breeding and may even, on rare occasions, mate with the female.

The nest is built by the pair, perhaps with an assistant male, in a suitable tree or structure such as a pylon. Either one or two eggs are laid and are attended to by both parents. Youngsters stay in the parents territories for approximately a year.

References and further reading

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

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Published: 1984 - Page: 85

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 116

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 85

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 155

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 11

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 65

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 108

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 117

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 146

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 142

Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands - Author: Alan and Meg Kemp - Published: 1998 - Page: 150

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 109

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 87

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 13

Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Published: 1989 - Page: 410

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 103

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 84

Know your Birds of Prey - Author: - Published: 0 - Page: 30

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 178

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 178

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 58

Birds of Prey of the World - Author: Friedhelm Weick - Published: 1980 - Page: 90

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 60

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 44

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 62

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 116

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Published: 1985 - Page: 183

African Birds of Prey - Author: Leslie Brown - Published: 1970 - Page: 88

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 134

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 79

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 134

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