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Eurasian Sparrowhawk

(Accipiter nisus)
Alternate name(s): "Northern Sparrowhawk", "Sparrowhawk"
German name(s): "Sperber"

Size: 29-34 cm (male), 35-41 cm (female);
wing span 59-64 cm (male), 67-80 cm (female)
Weight: 110-195 g (male), 185-340 g (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Sparrowhawk at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "nisus"



Lateral view of a female Eurasian Sparrowhawk on a fence post (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Distant near-doral view of an Eurasian Sparrowhawk; the brown hues on the underwing coverts and the barring on the primaries indicate that this is a female (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2016]


Near-frontal view of an immature (second plumage) Eurasian Sparrowhawk (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, January 2018]

Frontal view of an immature (first plumage) Eurasian Sparrowhawk (photo courtesy of A. Sarok)
[Temerin, Serbia, January 2017]

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