Eurasian Sparrowhawk

The Eurasian Sparrowhawk is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. Adult male Eurasian Sparrowhawks have bluish grey upperparts and orange-barred underparts; females and juveniles are brown above with brown barring below. The female is up to 25% larger than the male – one of the largest differences between the sexes in any bird species.

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The Eurasian Sparrowhawk is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

the Eurasian Sparrowhawk can be found in any habitat and often hunts garden birds in towns and cities. Males tend to take smaller birds, including tits, finches, and sparrows; females catch primarily thrushes and starlings, but are capable of killing birds weighing 500 grams (18 oz) or more. More

Adult male Eurasian Sparrowhawks have bluish grey upperparts and orange-barred underparts; females and juveniles are brown above with brown bars below. The male is up to 25 % smaller than the female - the largest difference between the sexes in any bird species. It is now one of the most common birds of prey in Europe, but the population crashed after the Second World War. More

The Eurasian Sparrowhawk's hunting behaviour has brought it into conflict with humans for hundreds of years, particularly racing pigeon owners and people rearing poultry and gamebirds. It has also been blamed for decreases in passerine populations; scientific research has found no link between increased numbers of Eurasian Sparrowhawks and declines in some farmland and woodland birds after World War II. Studies of racing pigeon deaths found that Eurasian Sparrowhawks were responsible for less than 1%. More

Aspects of the topic Eurasian sparrowhawk are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * description (in sparrowhawk (hawk group)) ...sparrowhawk (A. minullus), slate gray above with white tail bars, barred white below, inhabits woods of East and South Africa. The Eurasian sparrowhawk (A. More

Female Eurasian sparrowhawk perched on rock Female Eurasian sparrowhawk perched on rockPrint factsheet Facts - Also known as: European sparrowhawk, sparrowhawk French: Epervier D'Europe Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Aves Order Falconiformes Family Accipitridae More

The Eurasian sparrowhawk has an extremely large range encompassing most of Europe and Asia. Subspecies Accipiter nisus nisus breeds in Europe and Asia Minor, east to western Siberia, and migrates southwards to spend the winter in north-east Africa, the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula (2) (6). Accipiter nisus nisosimilis breeds in central and eastern Asia, and winters in India, Sri Lanka and Indochina. More

or larches but in some regions, Eurasian Sparrowhawks also breed in deciduous forests . Hunts in forests, gardens and open country where there is some cover like hedgerows. During winter, more often in villages and cities. During winter, many people feed birds and this often leads to a concentration of many songbirds at feeding places, which attracts the Sparrowhawks. Distribution - Almost everywhere in Europe, except Iceland and some parts in the very north of Scandinavia. More

The Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards, harriers and other sparrowhawks. This bird is a small raptor with short broad wings and a long tail, both adaptations to manoeuvring through trees. The male is 29-34 cm long with a 59-64 cm wingspan, and is slate-grey above and barred reddish below. More

The Eurasian Sparrowhawk is an accipiter and, as such, has broad wings. It is colored similarly to other Accipiters with the adult having a dark blue-gray head, nape, back, and wings. The eyes are yellow in the immature bird changing to orange and then red as it matures. The chest is cream barred with brown. Hunting Typical quarry caught with the Eurasian Sparrowhawk will be small birds, at which it excels. More

Eurasian Sparrowhawk on webcam: Update - Posted by BESG on 10 July 08, Thursday Contributed by Dave Culley Dave Culley recently sent images of the Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) nesting in his garden in Cheshire, England. He has been monitoring the pair for some time now. These images here are of the 2008 nesting. a27.jpg The brood of five chicks is seen above at 12 days old. More

The Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) is a forest and open woodland species. Although Thiollay (1994) reported it to be not usually found in urban gardens and parks, Hume (2002) says that it is “bold enough to hunt in gardens and parks.” The bird is found throughout Europe, except Iceland. During the 1950s and 1960s populations decreased significantly through accidental pesticide poisoning. However, since the 1970s, numbers have increased as a result of enlightened attitudes, protection and controlled use of pesticides. More

* Eurasian Sparrowhawk, juvenile on domestic rooftop with prey. More

The female Eurasian Sparrowhawk is much bigger then the males What a rare experienc to see this. It realy paid of to go out in all wethers here its 0C and sleet. I dident see so far in this kinde of wether but i spoted this. I have never seen the Sparrowhawk hunting befor. Flew away little bit later and started to pluck the fethers in a nearby busch and i let her be alone with her big meal. More

Eurasian Sparrowhawk calls of a juvenile Accipiter nisus nisus (0:57) Stuart Fisher XC25941 ?-08-2003, United Kingdom Eurasian Sparrowhawk alarm calls Accipiter nisus nisus (0:29) Stuart Fisher XC27400 02-01-2009, United Kingdom Eurasian Sparrowhawk calls of a juvenile Accipiter nisus nisus (0:35) Stuart Fisher XC37237 01-08-2009, United Kingdom More

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus nisosimilis - Adult male Eurasian Sparrowhawk Photographer : More

Eurasian Sparrowhawk, observed by badgerseye on March 13, 2010 - SparrowhawkMagnifier SparrowhawkfenceMagnifier Location: SG11 (Google) Lat: 51.9051 , Lon: 0.0595134 Tags: * none Comments & Identifications Headshot 3559495057_8b36065410_s badgerseye's ID: Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) Posted by badgerseye 2 months ago Avatar1 What a nice catch! I saw a sparrowhawk catching a pigeon both saturday and sunday... but hadn't my camera with me. More

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Order : Falconiformes
Family : Accipitridae
Genus : Accipiter
Species : nisus
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)