Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The cuckoo hawk.

Another one with the bright yellow eyes. The cuckoo hawk also enjoys snakes, but this time only the little ones (snakes that is), although his preference is grasshoppers.

In this case the young are a lot kinder to each other, and a breeding season can see two, and very rarely three chicks take flight.

This chap is also now living at the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary.


Kris McCracken said...

Does it lay its eggs in someone else's nest? I'm just wondering why it is called a 'cuckoo' hawk because it doesn't look like the clocks.

CrazyCow said...

According to Wiki, the reason for the name is that it resembles a cuckoo.

Both parents participate in building the nest, a platform of leafy twigs in a tall tree, as well as egg incubation, and subsequent feeding of the chicks.