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  Ovambo Sparrowhawk

 

Accipiter ovampensis

(156) 36 cm; M 140 g, F 260 g

SEXES  Alike, F considerably larger than M. Key features separating it from smaller Shikra are dark (not red or orange) eyes and yellow-orange to pale red (not yellow) cere and legs. Tail pattern unique: 3 pale grey bars each with vertical central white line (white feather shafts). Rare melanistic form occurs.

JUV  2 colour forms: underparts either white or rufous, both, however, streaked and barred; upperparts brown (including rump), and both have light eye­brow and dark ear-patch. Cere and legs paler than ad.

STATUS  Uncommon to locally common resident.

HABITAT  Tall open woodland, both indigenous and alien.

FOOD  Almost entirely birds (up to dove size).

CALL  Fast kwee-kwee-kwee... ascending in tone.

BR  Monogamous. Favours tall alien trees in which to nest.

 

 

Sho001

Etosha

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Sho002

Etosha

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L Mk II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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