Bat Hawk (Macheiramphus Alcinus) -

This medium sized hawk spends most of its time in the air.  Named for its diet, the hawk mainly feeds on flying prey like bats, swallows, swifts, and the occasional insect. 

Their wings are narrow and aerodynamic so they are extremely fast and agile hunters.  Long, slender legs and toes allow them to precisely grasp elusive prey. They are crepuscular hunters, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk, when their prey is also most active.  Bat hawks prefer hunting in wide open spaces where they have room to maneuver and chase.

Their aerial agility is used in courtship.  Bat hawks have relatively complex mating rituals and calls.  Flips and turns are preformed to impress mates.  They have a short, high pitched chirp.

For once, an animal that is not endangered or vulnerable

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Posted on Thursday, 2 May
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