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 20 videos
Perched in a tree Locality Gisenyi, West Province, Rwanda
Pascal Vagner 6 March 2013 1 year 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, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (ssp typus)
Ron Hoff 30 November 2007 6 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 5 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 7 years ago 15 sec 4.3
Chasing in the trees of the lodge garden Locality Kibuye, West Province, Rwanda
Pascal Vagner 8 March 2013 46 weeks ago 45 sec 4.2
A juvenile drinking and bathing Locality Banjul, The Gambia (ssp pectoralis)
Eldert Groenewoud 22 October 2005 6 years ago 21 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 34 photos
Locality Nairobi, Kenya (ssp typus)
maurizioravasini 21 April 2013 11 weeks ago 4.5
Bird on a branch
Locality Western Division, The Gambia (ssp pectoralis)
Klaus Lachenmaier 30 March 2013 49 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 1 year ago 4.3
disturbed by a monkey, ready to fly off
Locality Wondo Genet, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp typus)
Stefan Helming 3 November 2009 4 years ago 4.3
Locality Tendaba Airfield, Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp pectoralis)
Paul Cools 14 February 2012 1 year ago 4.2
An underside view of a male in flight
Locality Sanaga River, South Province, Cameroon (ssp pectoralis)
Lars Petersson 2 March 2012 5 weeks ago 4
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