Last Wednesday I posted about this bird and said I didn't have a definite ID for it. During the week I sent photos to a friend who's an expert on raptors, is falconer back in South Africa and has this bird drinking at his garden pond in Mpumlanga.
He came back within minutes of receiving my mail and gave me a definite ID. It's a Gabar Goshawk, a juvenile and a female. (Esther Garvi from Niger also Id'd it correctly) I'll write the description of the bird under each of the photos. If you're interested, check these against the bird.
The above bird is a juvenile Gabar Goshawk. The vertical AND horizontal lines on the breast are diagnostic
Although juveniles have longer tails than adults, Pale and Dark Chanting Goshawks never have tails as long as the Gabar Goshawk. According to my Birds South of the Sahara (Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan) the Gabar Goshawk is the only juvenile accipeter with a white rump. This feature is quite easy to see in the photos above
The juvenile is brown above as seen in photos with yellow eyes and orange legs. The thickness of the legs indicate that it's a female (now, that 's unfair!)
All Goshawks have vertical and horizontal stripes but the Dark Chanting Goshawk's breast is much darker. The Pale and Dark Chanting Goshawks is also much bulkier and larger than the Gabar Goshawk. The Dark and Pale Chanting Goshawk's are 48-56cm tall while the Gabar Goshawk is 28-36cm.
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