|Sparrowhawk - Accipiter Nisus|
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The Sparrowhawk has barred underparts, like the Goshawk. In fact, it is like a small Goshawk in many ways: the female has grey-brown upper parts, and the male has grey-blue upper parts; the female is bigger than the male, which is about as big as a Mistle Thrush.
The Sparrowhawk makes a shrieking call, though in the garden it is usually the alarm call that is heard as it is chased off by Magpies.
The Sparrowhawk builds a quite flat platform from twigs in a tall tree. Breeding starts in April and consists of a single clutch of 2-7 eggs.
Their diet is small birds; though because of the size difference between sexes, the female often preys on larger birds, like thrushes and starlings, while the male goes for tits and sparrows.
|Many thanks to British Garden Birds for the information on this page.|