Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk – Melierax canorus
These hawks are as common in Namibia as telephone poles – quite literally. A drive from Otjiwarongo to Windhoek would not be complete without at least one sighting. But their behavior and breeding details are as foreign to me as the idea of a road without telephone poles to count. I know just about nothing about them. Then maybe it is time to dig into one of the most common birds in Namibia.
According to my Roberts Bird Guide,2007, the SPCG can grow up to 55cm and weighs about 768grams. That’s a lot smaller than I thought! The male and female look-alike, while juvenile birds have an overall brown plumage. They are common near-endemic and sedentary but will move in response to food availability and local conditions. The SPCG preys on mammals – mostly rodents, but are opportunistic hunters and will hunt as big as hares. Their nests are fairly inconspicuous made up of sticks in thorn trees but will also utilise poles for breeding purposes.
For a whole lot of information on these hawks – Planet of Birds