Levant Sparrowhawk

Accipiter brevipes

Armenian Name: Եվրոպական ճնճղաճուռակ
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Levant Sparrowhawk

See Plate 11 for Levant Sparrowhawk and other similar species See Plate 15 for Levant Sparrowhawk and other similar species in flight

Flight Characteristics: Broad bluntly-pointed wings with contrasting black tip; faintly-banded tail. Male has whitish underwing with broad black tip. Female has red-brown barring on body and underwings. Juvenile is brown above, streaked below with dark throat stripe. Soars in small circles on level wings with tail usually closed. Rapid wingbeats alternate with glides.
Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:32-38 cm, Wing Span:65-75 cm
Distribution Map: Map 41.
Adult: Pale underwing contrasts with black wingtips. Males are light blue-gray above with dark primaries, white below with orange barring on breast and belly. Unbarred central uppertail. Female is gray-brown above; white with dense red-brown barring extending to outerwings below.
Juvenile: Distinct elongated brown spots on white underparts; shows dark stripe on chin and throat at close range.
Similar Species: Differs from Eurasian Sparrowhawk by narrower, more pointed wings that are paler below with contrasting dark tips. Shikra has more rounded wingtips.
Behavior: Often hunts by gliding in open areas and stooping for prey on ground. Migrates in flocks.
Habitat: Woodlands, orchards, river gorges, parks.
Food: Insects, small vertebrates.
Nest: Pile of twigs lined with green leaves in tree.
Eggs: 40 mm, 3-5, pale blue-green, green spots.