It is very similar to the abundant summer migrant Steppe Buzzard, but the adult can be distinguished with a good view by its whiter underparts and unbarred flanks. The juvenile differs from the same-age steppe buzzard by its white front and tear-shaped flank streaks.
Occurs in hilly and montane forest, including forest patches and exotic plantations (mainly Eucalyptus and pines). Occurs at forest edges and along the edges of cultivated fields.
Feeds on small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects, which it captures by stooping from a perch. Rumored to take the chicks of domestic poultry
This taxon is Not Recognised as a species by BirdLife International. [conservation status from birdlife.org]
Breeding takes place in summer in the southern Cape region. Builds a small stick nest lined with green leaves and placed in the upper fork of a tall tree, especially exotic pines. Clutch size is two eggs, which are dull greenish-white and marked with dark brown and rufous spots. Usually, only one chick survives, as the result of Cainism. The nestling period is about 50 days.
Probably largely sedentary, except in the southern portion of the range, where birds move north along the Drakensberg Mountains during the winter (June-September) from heavy rainfall areas.
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