The Chinese sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) belongs to the family Accipitridae. These Chinese sparrowhawk species are distributed in Russia, China, Taiwan, Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Taxonomy of Chinese sparrowhawk
- Scientific Name: Accipiter soloensis
- Common Name: Chinese sparrowhawk
- French: Épervier de Horsfield; German: Froschsperber; Spanish: Gavilán ranero;
- Other names: Falco Soloënsis Horsfield, 1821; Chinese goshawk;
- Family: Accipitridae › Accipitriformes › Aves › Chordata › Animalia
- Species author: (Horsfield, 1821)
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DescriptionThe Chinese sparrowhawk is a small bird of prey, measuring 25 to 35 cm. The male weighs 140 grams. The female is slightly larger and weighs 200 grams. The wingspan is 50 to 60 cm. Adult has prominent black wing tips. The male is grey above and white below. The male sparrowhawk has red eyes and the female has yellow eyes. Their call is a sharp keee-keee-keee sound.
HabitatThese sparrowhawk species inhabit forests, open woodland, open country with trees, plantations and ricefields.
Feeding habitsThese bird species feed on frogs, lizards and large insects.
BreedingThe sparrowhawk breeding season is from early May to August. The nest platform is built on the fork of a tree and the clutch size is 2-5 eggs.
DistributionThese sparrowhawk species are distributed in Russia, China, Taiwan, Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Movement PatternsThese sparrowhawk species are completely migratory. They breed in Southeast China, Taiwan, Korea and Russian Siberia. They pass through Southeast Asia and winter in Indonesia and Philippines. They occasionally visit Indian subcontinent.
Status and conservationThe Chinese sparrowhawk species has wide range and the population is considered least vulnerable. Habitat loss is the main threat to the survival of these species.
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has categorized and evaluated these bird species and has listed them as of "Least Concern".
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