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chinese sparrowhawk

(Accipiter soloensis)


t is 30-36cm in length, with the female larger than the male. Adult has prominent black wing tips. The male is grey above, white below and has red eyes. Female has rufous on breast and underwing coverts, and yellow eyes. Juvenile has grey face, brown upperparts and yellow eyes. The top underparts are streaked, while the thighs are barred. The black wing tips are not as prominent and underwings streaked (except for coverts). It feeds mainly on frogs, but will take lizards as well. Lives mainly in forests but sometime lives on edges. Population between 10000 and 100000 birds


it is found in dense foliage and it can be seen sitting.It is seen rarely in the Indian forests, especially the dense areas of sitavani forest reserve in Corbett tiger reserve


I took 2 days to carfully syduy the photograph before identifing it DISTINCT FEATURES- 1. rufous on breast and underwing coverts 2. yellow eyes 3. faintbands 4. black tipped wing- the only accipiter in India which has that feture while flying

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Uttarakhand, India

Spotted on Apr 22, 2012
Submitted on Jul 15, 2012

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