The African Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides typus) is a medium-sized raptor, or a bird of prey
The African Harrier-Hawk has pale grey upperparts, head and chest. Its belly is white with fine dark barring. Its wings are pale grey with a black edge with a narrow white line. Its tail is black with a single broad white band. Young African Harrier-Hawks are brown instead of grey, with dark brown replacing the black parts.
It has double-jointed knees, which enable it to reach into holes and cracks in trees, to search for prey. It can climb trees.
It is about 60–66 centimetres (23.5-26 inches) tall.
The African Harrier-Hawk can be found in woodland, tree plantations, and urban areas. It is omnivorous, eating fruit and small mammals.
It builds a stick nest in the fork of a tree. Females lay 1-3 eggs.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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