All About The Chicken-hawk





Voice--sharp, harsh, discordant cries--queer "whistling" noises.



Upper parts brownish black mixed with white--throat and under tail

coverts white--other under parts having darker markings.



Bill--short, curved, and very sharp.



Claws--strong, curved, and very sharp,--middle toe longest.



Wings--long and pointed--made for rapid flight and long journeys.



Female larger than male.



Food--other smaller birds of the air--small ducks and

chickens--occasionally larger insects, snakes, etc.



Nest in the fork of a tree--made of crooked sticks and lined with

leaves, bark, etc.



Eggs--two to four in number, bluish white, thickly speckled with brown.



Iris in young bird's eyes yellow--turning to reddish brown with

maturity.





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