Safe-cracking ram-raider! ... This bizarre omnivorous raptor favours open woodland with palms -preferably near water. They will eat palm fruits but much of the diet comprises of lizards, small mammals and nestlings.
These birds have long double-jointed naked legs which they use to probe holes and cavities for lizards, rodents and hole-nesting bird nestlings. Harrier-Hawks are frequently mobbed by hole-nesting birds such as rollers and Wood-hoopoes. As a result they tend to raid targeted nests using a quick "smash and grab" technique.
This species always shows a keen interest in probing nooks and crannies -this young bird was photographed whilst practising its technique.
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