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Lizard Buzzard

Kaupifalco monogrammicus


Medium sized prey bird, about 25-30cm tall. Dark grey plumage on back and wings. Underneath of tail feathers are banded. Light grey plumage on head and chest. Chest to belly feathers in light and dark bands. Under the beak extending down the chest is a white patch with a black stripe down the middle. Eyes are large and black. Beak and legs are red. Beak is short with sharp curve in the top.


Seen in large tree in semi urban area on the east coast


I was sure this was some kind of Goshawk, but could not find it. Thanks Jim for the ID !


Jim Swalwell
Jim Swalwell 6 years ago

I'm glad I could help :-)

MudWiggle 6 years ago

Thanks guys, thank you for all the efforts, I was really struggling to find him also.
Thanks again!

armadeus.4 6 years ago

@ Jim ~ I have been trying to identify this bird since yesterday because I have been quite curious about what it is. I'm glad you have put my curiosity to rest! :)

Jim Swalwell
Jim Swalwell 6 years ago

Hi, The bird is definitely an adult Lizard Buzzard. The black & white pattern on the throat is a dead give away. A great set of photographs.

armadeus.4 6 years ago

I agree that this is a Goshawk. I have only come across this photo: that looks the same as your bird...the same plumage under the beak, on the the throat but this image is not taken in Tanzania...I will keep looking and see if I can find anything else :) Great shots hey :)

Spotted by

Pwani, Tanzania

Spotted on Oct 11, 2012
Submitted on Oct 11, 2015

Spotted for Mission

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