To: Bob Forsyth <>
Subject: Chicken-hawke
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 20:16:36 +1000
Bob Forsyth wrote:
> Rachelle wrote...
> >When someone talks about a "Chicken-hawke" which bird
> >exactly are they refering to
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> g'day All,
> Another one to add to Paul Taylor's list is the "Collared Sparrowhawk"
> The female is hard (impossible ?) to identify from the male Brown
> Goshawk which is of a similiar size.
> The Reader's Digest "Complete Book of Australian Birds" lists
> Chicken-hawk under "Other Names" for both species.
> J.D.McDonald's  1987 "Illustrated Dictionary of Aust Birds" says....
> "Popular name given to any known raider of chicken-runs, like the
> brown goshawk, collared sparrowhawk and the brown falcon."
> Regards,
> Bob Forsyth,
> Mount Isa, NW Qld.
In my childhood (1940s and 50s) many people in the bush still referred
to ALL small to medium raptors as Chicken Hawk. They always told you
that these birds lived exclusively on domestic poultry and racing
Larger raptors were all Eagles, notoriously given to carrying off sheep,
lambs, kangaroos, calves and small children. 
They told you that shooting them was a good deed to protect the
Fortunately, these days you don't hear these opinions so often, but as a
very large proportion of dead and injured raptors are suffering gunshot
wounds, these opinions must still be current with some people.
Roll on, environmental education.
Anthea Fleming in Melbourne

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