Sunday, 17 November 2013

Little sparrowhawk

Accipiter minullus

Photo by Johan Stenlund (PBase)

Common name:
little sparrowhawk (en); gavião-pequeno (pt); épervier minule (fr); gavilancito chico (es); zwergsperber (de)

Order Falconiformes
Family Accipitridae

This African species is found from Ethiopia and south-eastern Sudan, through Kenya and Ethiopia, and into Angola, northern Namibia, northern Botswana, Mozambique and eastern and southern South Africa.

These birds are 23-27 cm long and have a wingspan of 39-50 cm. They weigh 70-105 g.

The little sparrowhawk is found in moist tropical forests, mangroves, dry savannas and dry scrublands, often favouring areas near rivers and streams. They also use exotic tree plantations and rural gardens.

They prey mainly on small birds, such as swallows, which they hunt on the wing or from a hidden perch., but also take bats, lizards and insects.

Little sparrowhawks can breed all year round, varying between different parts of their range. The nest is a small platform of sticks, lined with fine twigs and green leaves, and placed in a fork high up on a tree. The female lays 1-3 eggs, which are incubated for 31-32 days. The chicks fledge 25-27 days after hatching.

IUCN status - LC (Least Concern)
This species has a very large breeding range and is described as widespread and common in most areas, with the population being estimated to be in the range of 10.000-100.000 individuals. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

1 comment:

  1. What do you think. I received a letter from rolex watches. Customs today and they have confiscated breitling replica sale. I will send you a copy of the notice if you want. Rolex uses only top quality materials, especially for its rolex replica sale collections, so you get a fantastic piece of natural replica watches sale that is both legible and useful. One of the appeals of this watch is the accumulation of rare materials in one product, as it combines 18ct white gold, diamonds, and meteorite, all of which are considered precious materials. While the actual rolex replica uk scarcity of these materials can be debated, one of the purposes of integrating these materials together is to enhance the inherent worth of the watch. How can you get it to me. This is the rolex watches store I have ordered and the other rolex replica watches arrived in just a week. This replica watches sale has been sitting in customs for 12 days.