Aviceda subcristata

Aviceda subcristata

Aviceda subcristata

(Pacific Baza)

FAMILY

Accipitridae

Species

Aviceda subcristata

Common name

Pacific Baza

Main colour

Grey

Distinctive feature

Underparts grey, then white with prominent dark stripes, short crest on head, size 35-46 cm

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

The Pacific baza ranges in size from 35-46 cm long with the female being larger than the male, it is occasionally seen soaring above the campus. Head bears a short crest, upperparts are grey as is the chest, wings are darker. Underwings and undertail rufous, abdomen is whitish with rufous bars. Legs and feet grey, eyes yellow, bill dark grey.