5 Interesting Facts About African Harrier-Hawks

African Harrier Hawk

This is an African harrier hawk showing off its messy haircut.

Today, the Hawthorn Hawks won the AFL Grand Final, so I am writing about a really cool species of hawk, the African harrier hawk.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These beautiful birds grow up to 65 cm long.
  2. They are excellent hunters and have double-jointed legs and sharp talons, which helps them to climb trees and reach into cavities to find their prey, which includes small mammals, birds, eggs, insects and lizards.  They also eat palm nuts.
  3. They have no feathers on their face which is helpful when sticking their beaks into small areas to catch prey.  This also enables them to blush during their mating displays.
  4. At breeding time, they lay 1-3 eggs on a large nest made of sticks that they build on a cliff or in a tree.  Both the male and female help to incubate the eggs and often only the oldest of the chicks survives.
  5. African harrier-hawks live in forests and savanna areas of sub-Saharan Africa and are quite common throughout their range.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about African harrier-hawks?

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