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Bat Hawk
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Bat Hawk at Cape Vidal, Northern Natal, South Africa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Superorder: Accipitrimorphae
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Harpiinae
Genus: Macheiramphus
Bonaparte, 1850
Species: M. alcinus
Binomial name
Macheiramphus alcinus
Bonaparte, 1850

     M. a. andersonii      M. a. alcinus      M. a. papuanus

Ranges of Macheiramphus alcinus subspecies

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Bat Hawk, Macheiramphus alcinus is an unusual, dark, falcon-like hawk,[2] in the Harpiinae subfamily. It is closely related to the Harpy Eagle of South America. It is a crepuscular species, active at dawn and dusk.[2] It is found in Africa as well as Asia.

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It is generally overlooked, except during its crepuscular activities; during the day it is usually found roosting at the forest edge, perched on a branch in the shade of the canopy.[2]


Forages in the twilight with swift, agile flight over forest near caves in search of bats and swiftlets.[2] Captures prey in talons and transfers it to its beak, whence it is swallowed whole.[2]


A rapidly repeated ki ki ki... or a slow keek keek keek....[2]




  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Macheiramphus alcinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Pratt, Thane K.; Beehler, Bruce M.; Anderton, John C. (illu.); and Kókay, Szabolcs (illu.) (2014). Birds of New Guinea: Second Edition. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691095639. 

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