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The Shikra is a small raptor (26–30 cm long) and like most other Accipiter hawks, this species has short rounded wings and a narrow and somewhat long tail. Adults are whitish on the underside with fine rufous bars while the upperparts are grey. The lower belly is less barred and the thighs are whitish. Males have a red iris while the females have a less red (yellowish orange) iris and brownish upper parts apart from heavier barring on the underparts. The females are slightly larger. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shikra)
Found widely distributed in Asia and Africa where it is also called the Little Banded Goshawk.
Found at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. I got just two shots and then it left.
Spotted on Jan 19, 2013
Submitted on Jan 19, 2013