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Pacific Baza

(Aviceda subcristata)
Alternative name: "Crested Hawk", "Pacific Lizard-Hawk"
Size: 35-45 cm; wing span 0.8-1.1 m
Weight: 320 g (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Pacific Baza at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "subcristata"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Pacific Baza (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Rocky Creek, Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

Lateral view of a fierce-looking Pacific Baza (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2013]

Dorsal view of a fierce-looking Pacific Baza, different posture (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, August 2014]

Dorsal view of a fierce-looking Pacific Baza (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, August 2014]

Pacific Baza in flight (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Whittaker's Lagoon, NSW, December 2013]

Pacific Baza in flight, seen from underneath (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Rocky Creek, Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of an immature Pacific Baza (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, July 2011]

Close-up frontal view of a different immature Pacific Baza (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, July 2011]

Lateral view of an immature Pacific Baza (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, July 2011]

Dorsal view of an immature Pacific Baza (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, July 2011]

This shot of one of the two immature birds just after takeoff shows clearly the heavy streaking of body, wings and tail (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, July 2011]

Frontal view of a Pacific Baza in captivity

Frontal view of a Pacific Baza in captivity spreading its wings (photo courtesy of J. Thurmer)

Near-lateral portrait of a Pacific Baza in captivity (photo courtesy of J. Thurmer)

Food, Diet

All raptors are carnivores. Pacific Bazas prey on large insects, such as locusts and mantids, but also frogs and small reptiles. They normally take these in the air or from foliage or branches, rarely from the ground.

Immature Pacific Baza devouring what looks like a locust (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Biniguy, NSW, January 2011]

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