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Dark Chanting Goshawk
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Information
Range Sub-Saharan Africa, but avoids the rainforests of the Congo basin.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Accipitridae
Genus Melierax
Species Melierax metabates
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Dark chanting goshawk (Melierax metabates), is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family.

It breeds in Sub-Saharan Africa, but avoids the rainforests of the Congo basin. There is a small and declining isolated population in Morocco, and it also occurs in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

It is a resident species of tropical and subtropical savannah. It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays one or two eggs. It eats a variety of vertebrate prey and large insects.

The dark chanting goshawk is a large, long-tailed, broad-winged hawk, with a 105 cm wingspan. It is slate-grey above and white with fine barring below. The tail is black and white. In flight, the wings are grey with black tips. The flight is stiff and mechanical.

This species derives its name from the breeding season song, which consists of chanted flutes and whistles.

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