Aviceda subcristata

ACCIPITRIDAE

Pacific Baza or Crested Hawk

Description

The Crested Kite is a medium-sized, long-tailed hawk with a prominent crest. The only Australian hawk with a crest.  Their upper body is grey-blue tinged brown on backs of shoulders, head darker with lighter face and crest is black, wings broad and rounded, flight feathers mid to dark blue-grey with darker bars, tail dark blue-grey, throat and upper breast mid-grey, chin lighter, under belly stripped cream and black-brown bar, eye distinct golden yellow and skin around eye green-yellow with blue tinge, beak black, feet pale grey, claws dusky grey. Baby chicks are born covered in whitish down.

Feeding

Omnivorous, feeding mainly on foliage insects and tree-frogs, snakes, lizards, small nestlings and birds, and small fruits.  Flies quietly from tree to tree high in the canopy or plunges into foliage after insects, or captures them in the air.

Breeding

Builds a flimsy flat nest of sticks high in the upper branches of a tree. Lays 2-3 white eggs with a blue tinge.

Calls

A double cry 'ee-tui, ee-tui' or 'whee-choo, whee-choo' the second note lower.

Resources

http://www.wiresnr.org/Pacificbaza.html

http://www.anhs.com.au/crested_hawk.htm

http://www.ozanimals.com/Bird/Crested-Hawk/Aviceda/subcristata.html

 

Photo courtesy of Nadine Anderson.

More information can be found on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Baza



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