Monday, March 19, 2012

>Accipiter soloensis (Chinese Sparrowhawk)

Chinese Sparrowhawk

Chinese Sparrowhawk
Chinese Sparrowhawk (top), illustrated byKeulemans, 1874
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Species:A. soloensis
Binomial name
Accipiter soloensis
(Horsfield, 1821)
The Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eaglesbuzzards and harriers. Also called Chinese goshawk.
It breeds in Southeast ChinaTaiwanKorea and Siberia; winters in Indonesia and Philippines, passing through the rest of Southeast Asia. It is a bird of wooded areas.
It is 30-36cm in length, with the female larger than the male. Adult has prominent black wing tips. The male is grey above, white below and has red eyes. Female has rufous on breast and underwing coverts, and yellow eyes. Juvenile has grey face, brown upperparts and yellow eyes. The top underparts are streaked, while the thighs are barred. The black wing tips are not as prominent and underwings streaked (except for coverts).
It feeds mainly on frogs, but will take lizards as well. Lives mainly in forests but sometime lives on edges. Population between 10000 and 100000 birds

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