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  Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)





Collared Sparrowhawk | Accipiter cirrocephalus photo
Collared Sparrowhawk in Camberra

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Collared Sparrowhawk | Accipiter cirrocephalus photo
Collared Sparrowhawk. Victoria, Australia

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Collared Sparrowhawk | Accipiter cirrocephalus photo
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Collared Sparrowhawk is a bird of prey with grey back and finely barred chest of reddish brown and white feathers. The sides of the neck are reddish brown It has bright yellow eyes The legs are yellow with long toes. Juvenile birds have brown backs and brown and white bars on the underside. It is very similar to the Brown Goshawk which is somewhat larger and has thicker legs and toes.

Size
30cm (male), 35cm - 38cm (female)

Habitat
forest, woodlands and along river courses

Food
mainly small birds

Breeding
lays 2-4 white eggs with blotches in a nest made of sticks and lined with leaves, placed high in a fork of a tree

Range
found across Australia, although not very common

distribution map showing range of Accipiter cirrocephalus in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Accipiter
Species:cirrocephalus
Common Name:Collared Sparrowhawk

Relatives in same Genus
  Brown Goshawk (A. fasciatus)
  Grey Goshawk (A. novaehollandiae)