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Pacific Baza

Aviceda subcristata


The Pacific Baza is a medium-sized, long-tailed hawk with a prominent crest. It is slim-bodied, with a narrow head and neck. The wings are paddle-shaped, well-rounded and deeply 'fingered'. The head, neck and breast are grey and the underparts are white with bold dark banding. The legs are short with weak toes. The eyes are golden-yellow and domed, placed well on the side of the head, giving a slightly 'pop-eyed' look. The female is heavier and browner on the crown than the male. It is also known as the Crested Hawk or Baza, or the Pacific Cuckoo-Falcon.


Spotted in backyard amongst patches of rainforest & hoop pines.


Spotted intently observing my newly hatched chicks!

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AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks geoffrey and nayeli!! I love their eyes!

Nayeli 8 years ago

Beautiful bird and great pic!!

GeoffreyPalmer 8 years ago

Those eyes really stand out, beautiful job!

AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks a lot neil and mark! Theres a pair that's been hanging around for a few years now but they're usually up much higher. I got very lucky, at one point he was only about 10 metres away and wasnt phased by me at all!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Super shots Alice. They sure are handsome birds.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Well done, Alice. These are fantastic photos!! I saw my first Pacific Baza's only a few weeks ago, in my local park of all places. It was a pair, so I felt double blessed. Got lousy photos though, so I'm really envious of yours.

AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks marta, he was gorgeous and very kind to sit so close! Thanks sera I'm very lucky to have so many species in my yard, we've been planting it out with natives for the past 14yrs and the number of species has been increasing ever since! It also helps that ive just had some chickens hatch that he had his eye on!

SeraArnold 8 years ago

Stunning! Yr so lucky to have them in your backyard - great shot

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Beautiful bird!

AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks very much Mac!

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Nice series Alice

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jul 24, 2014
Submitted on Jul 24, 2014

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