Dark Chanting GosHaws

The Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates) is a bird of prey found in sub-Saharan Africa, with a small and declining isolated population in Morocco. They favor tropical and subtropical savannah and avoid he rain forests of the Congo basin.

Nesting / Breeding

The average clutch consists of 1 or 2 eggs, placed in a stick nest in a tree.

Diet / Feeding

They mostly eat various vertebrate prey and large insects.


Dark Chanting Goshawk is a large long-tailed broad-winged hawk, with a 105cm wingspan.

It is slate-grey above and white with fine barring below. The tail is black and white. In flight, the wings are grey with black tips.

The flight is described as stiff and mechanical.


Their breeding song consists of chanted flutes and whistles – for which this species was named..

Dark Chanting Goshawk
Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates)
Dark Chanting Goshawk
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