oa African Zoology - Short communications : predation on tent tortoise and leopard tortoise hatchlings by the pale chanting goshawk in the Little Karoo

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Predation by the pale chanting goshawk Melierax canorus on Psammobates tentorius and Geochelone pardalis hatchlings correlates with the habitat preference of these tortoise species as well as with the breeding pattern of P. tentorius. It is not known why the particularly abundant Chersina angulata was not preyed upon.

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