A catalogued immature specimen of the Pemba African Goshawk in the National Museums of Kenya

  • Michel Louette Royal Museum for Central Africa, B 3080, Tervuren, Belgium


An immature male of the isolated population of the small-sized Pemba African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro pembaensis is described: it has speckled ventral side as have its closest relatives on the mainland, but its thighs are washed rufous, a characteristic announcing the brightly colored adult plumage. This finding is interesting because the immature plumage is considered as a feature useful for the study of evolution in Accipiter.

Journal of East African Natural History Vol. 84 (1) 1995: pp. 35-38

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