Nature School Game Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Pacific Baza

Aviceda subcristata

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Spotted in backyard amongst patches of rainforest & hoop pines.

Notes:

Spotted intently observing my newly hatched chicks!

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

11 Comments

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 6 years ago

Thanks geoffrey and nayeli!! I love their eyes!

Nayeli
Nayeli 6 years ago

Beautiful bird and great pic!!

GeoffreyPalmer
GeoffreyPalmer 6 years ago

Those eyes really stand out, beautiful job!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 6 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 6 years ago

Super shots Alice. They sure are handsome birds.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 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
AliceGreenup 6 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
SeraArnold 6 years ago

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

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Beautiful bird!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 6 years ago

Thanks very much Mac!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Nice series Alice

AliceGreenup
Spotted by
AliceGreenup

New South Wales, Australia

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

Related Spottings

Pacific baza Black Baza Black Baza Noisy Friarbird  / Pacific Baza

Nearby Spottings

Spotted Turtle Dove Pied Currawong Blue-faced Honeyeater Spotting