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Ian Fulton | profile | all galleries >> African Galleries >> Namibia (and a little of Botswana) >> Namibia Birds - Individual Species Gallery >> Bat Hawk tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Blue Crane | Bokmakierie | African Hoopoe | Black Crake | Bare-cheeked Babbler | African Darter | African Grey Hornbill | African Jacana | African Mourning Dove | African Red-eyed Bulbul | African Skimmer | Bat Hawk | Black-chested Prinia | Cape Glossy Starling | Cape Gull | Carp's Tit | Chestnut-banded Plover | Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting | Coqui Francolin | Cormorant Platforms | Crowned Plover | Double-banded Courser | Emerald-spotted Wood Dove | Fork-tailed Drongo | Giant Kingfisher | Golden-tailed Woodpecker | Grassveld Pipit | Greater Flamingo | Greater Kestrel | Green Wood-hoopoe | Green-backed Heron | Grey Lourie | Groundscraper Thrush | Hartlaub's Babbler | Kori Bustard | Kurrichane Thrush | Magpie Shrike | Martial Eagle | Monteiro's Hornbill | Mountain Chat | Namaqua Sandgrouse | Northern Black Korhaan | Pale-winged Starling | Pearl-spotted Owlet | Pied Avocet | Pied Kingfisher | Pririt Batis | Racket-tailed Roller | Red-billed Spurfowl | Rosy-faced Lovebird | Ruppell's Korhaan | Sociable Weaver | Southern Carmine Bee-eater | Southern Masked Weaver | Temminck's Courser | White-fronted Bee-eater

Bat Hawk

(macheiramphus alcinus)
The Bat Hawk, as its name suggests, is a raptor which specialises in hunting bats. It is uncommon and mostly crepuscular, roosting in thick foliage during the day. This bird surprised us early one morning when we were out searching for the Pel's Fishing Owl in the woods by Shakawe Lodge. It perched for a minute or so on one of the big trees then was gone.
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