Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

African Goshawk (Accipiter tachiro) - HBW 2, p. 146

French: Autour tachiro German: Afrikahabicht Spanish: Azor Tachiro

Taxonomy: Falco tachiro Daudin, 1800, Knysna district, Cape Province, South Africa.
Forms superspecies with A. toussenelii, with which often considered conspecific, but differs in size, coloration and characteristic display flight. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • unduliventer (Rüppell, 1836) - Ethiopian highlands.
  • croizati Desfayes, 1974 - SW Ethiopia.
  • sparsimfasciatus (Reichenow, 1895) - Somalia, through E Africa, Zanzibar and SE Zaire to N Angola, N Zambia, N Malawi and N Mozambique.

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  • unduliventer (Rüppell, 1836) - Ethiopian highlands.
  • croizati Desfayes, 1974 - SW Ethiopia.
  • sparsimfasciatus (Reichenow, 1895) - Somalia, through E Africa, Zanzibar and SE Zaire to N Angola, N Zambia, N Malawi and N Mozambique.
  • pembaensis Benson & Elliott, 1975 - Pemba I (Tanzania).
  • tachiro (Daudin, 1800) - S Angola, S Zambia, S Malawi and S Mozambique S to South Africa.