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SPECIES INFO

The Long-tailed Hawk (Urotriorchis macrourus) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, eagles and harriers. It is the only member of the genus Urotriorchis.

This hawk inhabits the rainforests of western and central Africa. It has a wingspan of 0.90 m and a total length of 0.60 m, including the tail of 0.30 m.

The Long-tailed Hawk primarily eats squirrels and small birds; it can also hunt chickens in the villages close to the forest. It kills prey by breaking the neck.

The mating season occurs in July and August, when the pair build a nest on a high tree. Little is known regarding nesting and breeding the young.

Etymology

"Uro-" is from the Greek "tail" (Williams 2005), and "triorchis" meant a kind of hawk thought to have three testicles"?for further details see Eutriorchis. "Macro-" is from the Greek for "long" (Williams 2005), so macrourus means "long-tailed", as in the English name.





                                     



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