African Harrier-hawk (Polyboroides typus) - HBW 2, p. 143
French: Gymnogène d'Afrique
Spanish: Aguilucho caricalvo Común
Other common names: Gymnogene, Banded Harrier-hawk
Taxonomy: Polyboroides Typus A. Smith, 1829, South Africa.
Relationships of genus far from clear, and variously associated with Dryotriorchis, Spilornis, Circus and Geranospiza, but possibly closest to Melierax. Forms superspecies with P. radiatus, with which often considered conspecific. Birds from W Zaire sometimes awarded separate race, prigoginei. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- pectoralis Sharpe, 1903 - Senegambia E to W Sudan, N to Aïr Mountains (NW Niger) and S to Zaire.
- typus A. Smith, 1829 - E Sudan to Eritrea and S to Angola and South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 23 videos
A adult bird searching for food Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp pectoralis)
Yoel Jimenez 2 November 2014 43 weeks ago 25 sec 4.9
A immature bird , looks like it's drinking from the palm tree. Locality Fajara Golf Course, Fajara, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp pectoralis)
Yoel Jimenez 29 October 2014 37 weeks ago 1 min 4 sec 4.8
Perched in a tree Locality Gisenyi, West Province, Rwanda
Pascal Vagner 6 March 2013 2 years ago 46 sec 4.6
A juvenile hanging on a branch and trying to stick its leg into a cavity to extract a prey Locality Hawassa, Awassa Lake, SNNP Region, Ethiopia (ssp typus)
Ron Hoff 30 November 2007 7 years ago 41 sec 4.5
A bird searching for food inside a palm tree and fighting with a squirrel Locality Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 12 January 2008 6 years ago 29 sec 4.3
An adult in a a palm tree Locality Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Entebbe, Uganda (ssp typus)
Josep del Hoyo 27 August 2006 8 years ago 15 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 41 photos
Adult flying by.
Locality Western Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 8 November 2012 14 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Nairobi, Kenya (ssp typus)
maurizioravasini 21 April 2013 1 year ago 4.4
Bird on a branch
Locality Western Division, The Gambia (ssp pectoralis)
Klaus Lachenmaier 30 March 2013 2 years ago 4.4
Bird perched atop a tree
Locality Lake View Estate, Nakuru, Kenya (ssp typus)
James Kashangaki 28 June 2015 14 weeks ago 4.4
Sub-Adult hanging from weavers' nest colony with wings spread. Hunting for weaver chicks.
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Philip Perry 30 November 2009 3 years ago 4.4
disturbed by a monkey, ready to fly off
Locality Wondo Genet, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp typus)
Stefan Helming 3 November 2009 5 years ago 4.3
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