Birds by Name – D
Dark Chanting Goshawk
The Dark Chanting Goshawk, Melierax metabates, is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes a number of other raptors such as kites, eagles and harriers. It is a large, long-tailed, broad-winged hawk, with a wingspan of around 105 centimetres. It is slate-grey above and white with fine barring below and the tail is black and white.
It is a resident species of tropical and subtropical savannah and builds a stick nest in a tree and lays one or two eggs.
It eats a variety of vertebrate prey and large insects, often sitting on power lines to survey the scene.
Species: M. metabates
The Dunlin, Calidris alpina, is a small migratory wader, sometimes forming large flocks on coastal mudflats or sandy beaches. It has a slightly down-curved bill and a distinctive black belly patch in breeding plumage.
Juveniles are brown above with two whitish ‘V’ shapes on the back and usually have black marks on the flanks or belly and displasy a strong white wingbar in flight.
Dunlins eat insects, snails and worms.
Species: C. alpina
The Dunnock, Prunella modularis, is a small, Robin-sized passerine bird of the Accentor family and is found throughout temperate Europe.
It is a bird of woodland, shrub and gardens and builds a neat nest low in a bush or conifer, laying 3-5 unspotted blue eggs.
The Dunnock grows to about 14 cm in length, has a brownish underneath and a fine pointed bill. Adults have a grey head and the sexes are fairly similarly coloured.
Dunnocks eat insects, spiders, worms and seeds which means that those in the colder areas of their range have to migrate.
Species: P. modularis