Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Pale Chanting-goshawk (Melierax canorus) - HBW 2, p. 144

French: Autour chanteur German: Großer Singhabicht Spanish: Azor lagartijero Claro
Other common names: Southern Pale Chanting-goshawk

Taxonomy: Falco canorus Rislachi, 1799, South Africa.
Probably forms superspecies with M. poliopterus and M. metabates; sometimes considered conspecific with the former. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • argentior Clancey, 1960 - S Angola S and E through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe to NE South Africa in Transvaal and NW Orange Free State.
  • canorus (Rislachi, 1799) - S South Africa, in Cape Province, SE Orange Free State and (formerly) S Natal.

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