Levant sparrowhawk

Levant sparrowhawk

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Accipiter brevipes

The Levant sparrowhawk is a small bird of prey. It measures 32–38 cm in length with a wingspan of 65–75 cm . The female is larger than the male, but the difference is not as marked as with Eurasian sparrowhawk. The adult male is blue-grey above, with dark wingtips, and barred reddish below. The adult female is slate-grey above with darkish wingtips. She is barred reddish brown below, and may show a dark throat line. The juvenile is dark brown above and has dark-streaked underparts. It shows a dark throat line. It breeds in forests from Greece and the Balkans east to southern Russia. It is migratory, wintering from Egypt across to southwestern Iran. It will migrate in large flocks, unlike the more widespread Eurasian sparrowhawk. The Levant sparrowhawk nests in trees, building a new nest, lined with green leaves, each year. The normal clutch is 3–5 eggs. It hunts small birds, insects, rodents, and lizards in woodland or semi-desert areas, relying on surprise as it flies from a perch to catch its prey unaware. This bird is a small raptor with short broad wings and a longish tail, both adaptations to manoeuvring through trees. It is similar to the Eurasian sparrowhawk, but its shorter tail and more pointed wings give it a more falcon-like appearance. The flight of this hawk is a characteristic flap – flap – glide. The call is a sharp kee-wick.

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References

1. Levant sparrowhawk Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levant_sparrowhawk
2. Levant sparrowhawk on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22695499/131936047

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