Aviceda subcristata


Pacific Baza or Crested Hawk


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.


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.


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


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






Photo courtesy of Nadine Anderson.

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

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