They are 40–50 cm long; mass 0.9–1.6 kg and feed on small birds and eggs.
- B. crassicauda crassicauda, central Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia
- B. crassicauda nigrescens, Central Kenya (Nairobi)
- B. crassicauda omnivora, found in northern coastal Tanzania and Kenya, is classified by the IUCN as endangered
- B. crassicauda puisa, northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania
- B. c. tenuis, found in Zanzibar, is classified as Lower Risk/least concern.
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