Amazing sparrowhawk!

Amazing sparrowhawk!

Observation - Amazing sparrowhawk! - UK and Ireland. Description: This sparrowhawk, as pictured, I spotted on the wall of my yard one afternoon. I said I thought it was a Sparrowhawk, but my parents weren't so sure. We looked it up later after taking the picture, and sure enough, it matches the Sparrowhawk in the identi

This sparrowhawk, as pictured, I spotted on the wall of my yard one afternoon. I said I thought it was a Sparrowhawk, but my parents weren't so sure. We looked it up later after taking the picture, and sure enough, it matches the Sparrowhawk in the identification book. I have changed the contrast of the picture because it was a dark and gloomy day and the sparrowhawk didn't show up very well.

The identification book didn't really help recognising if the Sparrowhawk was a female or a male. Could someone please tell me how to distinguish the differences of the gender?

Thanks,

The Wise Old Owl