The Pacific Baza also is known to eat small fruit, especially figs in New Guinea. It is a social predator. A family groups of four Baza’s were been seen flying together during their May-November nesting season, and outside of the nesting season up to 30 Bazas will travel in groups.
In addition to their bright, distinctive yellow eyes, the Pacific Baza has a crest that protrudes from the back of its head. (Males and females look alike.) Its breast is barred with high-contrast cream and dark brown feathers. Its wing tips are rounded.
English ornithologist John Gould named the Pacific Baza as part of his survey of Australia’s birds in the 1830s, which resulted in his famous monographs. Gould became the father of Australian ornithology in much the same what that his contemporaries, John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson, were leaders of American ornithology.
Pacific Bazas hunt in highland forests when food is plentiful and move to coastal areas when the prey declines. They are seen in all the coastal areas of New Guinea. They also are seen at Charles Darwin University in Australia as well as Lee Point and Buffalo Creek, Holmes Jungle Nature Reserve, Conservation Reserve, along the rivers of Kakadu National Park and many other places along north coastal forests of Australia.
“Bazas are highly maneuverable birds that chase and pursue their prey in the outer foliage of trees and shrubs,” said Australian naturalist and photographer Robert Ashdown in his blog. “On fine, warm days single birds, pairs or small parties soar overhead and their distinctive call — a mellow double whistle described as ‘whee chiu’ can be heard drifting down form the skies overhead or in local patches of bush.”
(Photo: Andy Walker)
The Pacific Baza is one of many avian highlights of a 12-day West Papua birding tour Nov. 16-26, 2015:
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