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Breeding season: August to November, however can breed at any time. Clutch size is one to three. They nest in isolated pairs or in small, scattered colonies. Nest is a bulky cup of sticks, lined with softer material, which is placed in the fork of a tree branch usually close to the trunk. The female incubates the eggs while the male hunts for food.
Tail is forked and barred with darker brown.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
As with other raptors, a ritualised aerial courtship display is performed by both sexes. This involves loud calling, grappling of feet (talons), and tumbling or cartwheeling.
Carnivore. Feeds on lizards, small mammals, carrion (dead animals) and insects, especially grasshoppers.
Found in woodlands, open country and around towns, particularly near rubbish dumps and abattoirs.
Native to Australia