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Lizard Buzzard

Lizard Buzzard

Kaupifalco monogrammicus

To be found in wooded areas of scrub or perched in baobab trees, a popular vantage point.

A confiding smaller hawk that can be approached closely on foot and readily identified by its size, 14 to 15 in., smart grey and white barred breast and conspicuous bright red legs. The white throat with the vertical black streak distinguishes this species from the Gabar Goshawk which is not such a thickset bird.

In flight the characteristic rounder buzzard-type wings also aid identification. As its name suggests its prey is primarily lizards and I have seen it take quite large specimens in the coastal scrub. - Robin Cahill, The Birds of Watamu

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