Sparrowhawk, Eurasian


Name: Sparrowhawk, Eurasian

Scientific name: Accipiter nisus

Type: Hawk

Color: Brown,Grey,White

Habitat: Desert,Fields,Water

Size: 28-38cm

Conservation status:

Rare Winter Visitor


Female much larger than male, approaching male Goshawk, but wing-beats faster and lighter; rear-body thinner; wing-tips blunter; tail thinner, longer and more square-cut and head protrudes less. Series of quick wing-beats interspersed with short descending glides (stronger, straighter glides in Goshawk). Adult dark ash-grey above, barred rufous or brown below (rufous most in male); dark bands on uppertail can be inconspicuous in male; whitish supercilium in female (infrequent in male); whitish underwing without dark tip. Juvenile browner above, streaked or blotched throat and upper breast, otherwise barred below; clear white supercilium. Hunts swiftly low over ground behind cover before sudden attack or stoop on prey. Display flight with slow harrier-like wing-beats, sometimes also adopted when hunting.

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