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Goshawk

   

These birds are slender with short broad rounded wings and a long tail which helps them manoeuvre in flight. They have long legs and long sharp talons used to kill their prey, and a sharp hooked bill used in feeding. Females tend to be larger than males. They often ambush their prey, mainly small birds and mammals, capturing it after a short chase. The typical flight pattern is a series of flaps followed by a short glide. They are commonly found in wooded or shrubby areas.

The African Goshawk (Accipiter tachiro) is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family and found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It is often considered conspecific with the Red-chested Goshawk of western and central Africa (BirdLife International 2007).

   
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