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  Little Sparrowhawk

 

 

Accipiter minullus

(157) 25 cm; M 74 g, F 106 g

SEXES  Similar, F larger and slightly browner on upperparts than M. Laughing Dove size. Similar to larger M African Goshawk but with yellow cere, and, in flight, white rump (above 2 central white eye spots on tail).

JUV  Upperparts dark brown, white underparts heavily blotched with dark brown teardrop marks, and cere yellow. Lacks white supercilium and dark median throat stripe of larger juv African Goshawk.

STATUS  Generally an uncommon resident; sedentary and mostly solitary.

HABITAT  Forests, dense riverine woodland and wooded suburban parks and gardens.

FOOD  Mainly small birds up to dove size, also small rodents, bats, lizards and insects.

CALL  Rapid high-pitched piping notes ke-ke-ke..., M lower pitched.

BR  Monogamous. Small stick platform built in tall tree.

 

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Shl001

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Shl005

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

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