Xhosa: Ihlathi isangxa
The plumage is variable but less so than that of
the similar, migrant Steppe Buzzard. The amount of
white on the breast and belly varies, with some
individuals showing a totally white throat, breast
and belly. A common plumage is a white band across
the breast distinctly demarcating the dark brown
Habitat: Prefers evergreen forests and forest
edges. Found in a narrow strip from the Kruger
National Park to Cape Town.
Xhosa: Ubusi isangxa
the Steppe Buzzard, which it resembles, the Honey
Buzzard is very variable in colour, but differs by
having two broad black bars at the base of its tail,
and is more slender in appearance with a smaller,
more compact head.
Habitat: An annual but rare summer visitor to
the north-east of South Africa, it is found mostly
Xhosa: Udyakalashe isangxa
Very dark plumage with bright chestnut breast
and barred black and white belly. In flight the
jackal Buzzard vaguely resembles the Bateleur but
the longer, rust-coloured tail and more flapping
flight action eliminate confusion.
Habitat: Generally confined to mountain ranges
and adjacent grasslands throughout South Africa.
Common in suitable habitat.
Xhosa: Icilikishe isangxa
and bulkier than the similar Gabar Goshawk,
the Lizard Buzzard has a white throat with a
black line down the centre, a white rump and
a broad white tail stripe.
Habitat: May be seen in the north east
of South Africa.
Xhosa: Isithabazi esingenamithi isangxa
colouration of the Steppe Buzzard varies
from pale brown through to almost black. It
is generally darker below than the Forest
Buzzard, and occurs mostly in different
Habitat: A common and widespread summer
visitor to open country, avoiding desert and
well-wooded regions. Not found in the
central and western parts of the Northern
Cape. Frequently seen perched on telegraph
poles along roads.