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Collared Sparrowhawk

(Accipiter cirrocephalus)
Alternate name(s): "(Australian) Sparrowhawk", "Chicken-hawk*"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "cirrhocephalus": "djilildjili", "minmin", "koordop" (WA); "bilbil"

Size: 30-40 cm; wing span 55-80 cm
Weight: 100-155 g (male), 160-300 g (female)

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The photos below show a male Collared Sparrowhawk taking a bath in an ornamental pond in a rural garden without any fear of the observing human who actually moved around the pond to achieve a more favourable viewing angle.

Male Collared Sparrowhawk sitting on the edge of an ornamental pond
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

Male Collared Sparrowhawk entering the "bath tub"
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

Male Collared Sparrowhawk entering the "bath tub"
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

Male Collared Sparrowhawk walking down the concrete slope, deeper into the water
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

Male Collared Sparrowhawk taking an extensive bath
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

Male Collared Sparrowhawk taking an extensive bath
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

Male Collared Sparrowhawk taking an extensive bath
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

While taking its extensive bath, the male Collared Sparrowhawk moved out of protecting shadow, into bright sunlight
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

Male Collared Sparrowhawk taking an extensive bath, now in bright sunlight
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

Male Collared Sparrowhawk taking an extensive bath, now in bright sunlight
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

When done in the bath, the male Collared Sparrowhawk did NOT fly away into one of several nearby trees, but landed straight in front of the photographer
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

Frontal portrait of a still half-wet male Collared Sparrowhawk
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2018]

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