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Alternative names: Red-chested Sparrowhawk; Rufous Sparrowhawk

Accipiter rufiventris
Photo by Alan Manson
Mt. Gilboa, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa
Photo by Alan Manson
Mt. Gilboa, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa


Length: 29-36 cm. Females (200 g) larger than males (120 g). In southern Africa, the unmarked rufous underparts are diagnostic. Upperparts slate grey, head appears hooded.


Fragmented populations in eastern Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa.


Two subspecies:1

  • A. r. rufiventris
  • Montane forests of Kenya and eastern Zaire to South Africa
  • A. r. perspicillaris
  • Highland forests of Ethiopia


Afromontane forest or stands of alien trees with adjacent grassland or fynbos.


Solitary or in pairs. Generally inconspicuous, spending much time perched high in trees. Hunts mainly for small birds over open country.


  1. Clements JF. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2008. Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019

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