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Bird of prey - male sparrowhawk

Observed: 30th March 2011 By: lesleyplesleyp’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

The third photo isn't very clear but it does show a nice silhouette.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Sparrowhawk interacts

Comments

Syrphus's picture

Not too large for a Kestrel,

Not too large for a Kestrel, though, especially as it is a male. In most raptors the male is significantly smaller than the female, and male Sparrowhawk is a size smaller than Kestrel.

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browntrumpet's picture

Male? sparrowhawk

I think it's a female - it's colouration isn't strong enough for a male. It's size should usually determine it's sex

Syrphus's picture

It has distinct orange

It has distinct orange cheeks, and the jizz is male.

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ophrys's picture

Male?

You are right on the colour being like a female, but this is a bird born last year (there are pale-edged feathers visible on the back), and so a male will still have much female-type, juvenile, plumage at this stage. If you could see it closer, I suspect that you would see one or two grey, male feathers appearing above the tail.

The only reason to consider this a male is the generally small jizz.

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browntrumpet's picture

male/female

I see. I guess i was going on the author's original comment of "too big for a Kestrel".