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Little Sparrowhawk - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: African Little Sparrowhawk

Accipiter minullus
Photo by rudydbn
Location: Mkhuze, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Immature Little Sparrowhawk
Photo by GarethH
Rooihuiskraal, Centurion, South Africa

Identification

23–27 cm. Grey with lightly barred underparts.

Distribution

Southern, central and eastern Africa: Cameroon through Central African Republic, Sudan and Ethiopia to Somalia, and south to South Africa.

Taxonomy

Falco minullus Daudin, 1800, Gamtoos River, South Africa. Monotypic.

Accipiter minullus has 2 subspecies:

  • A. m. minullus; and
  • A. m. tropicalis.

Habitat

Woodland and forest.

Behaviour

Diet includes small bats, lizards, and insects.

It builds a small stick nest of twigs lined with green leaves, high in a tree fork. Two eggs are laid and incubated for 31 days; fledging about 26 days.

References

Lepage D. 2008. Avibase. Search for "Little Sparrowhawk" downloaded 30 May 2008.

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