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Eurasian Sparrowhawk male

Accipiter nisus


The Eurasian (or Northern) Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. Adult male Eurasian Sparrowhawks have bluish grey upperparts and orange-barred underparts; females and juveniles are brown above with brown barring below. The female is up to 25% larger than the male – one of the largest differences between the sexes in any bird species. Though it is a predator which specialises in catching woodland birds, the Eurasian Sparrowhawk can be found in any habitat and often hunts garden birds in towns and cities. Males tend to take smaller birds, including tits, finches, and sparrows; females catch primarily thrushes and starlings, but are capable of killing birds weighing 500 grams (18 oz) or more. The Eurasian Sparrowhawk is a major predator of smaller woodland birds,though only 10% of its hunting attacks are successful.It hunts by surprise attack, using hedges, tree-belts, copses, orchards and other cover near woodland areas; its choice of habitat is dictated by these requirements. It also makes use of gardens in built-up areas, taking advantage of the prey found there. (wiki)


This male sparrowhawk caught a bird in my parents garden. It flew to a tree where it sat eating its prey. While it was busy eating I sneaked closer and closer. I ended up being only 2 m away. I have never been this close to a wild bird of prey. It was a great experience...

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Jeannette 7 years ago

Hehe Ashish :)
It is because we feed the the gardenbirds and that atracts a lot of birds and then of cause also birds of prey...

FoTony 7 years ago

You took the words right out of my mouth Ashish!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Now I am envy of garden of your parents too..... :)

Jeannette 7 years ago

Thank you Satyen and Tony :)
Hehe it was in my parent's garden :)
I have them in my garden too, but they are not easy to get this close to.

FoTony 7 years ago

Waw Jeannette great series! Please don't tell me this was in your garden ;)

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Lovely eyes!

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Region Hovedstaden, Denmark

Spotted on Feb 18, 2013
Submitted on Feb 20, 2013

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