Scientific name: Accipiter nisus
Nature Stars: 30
Sparrowhawks are one of our smallest birds of prey, the male being somewhere between a blackbird and a collared dove in size. The female is larger, up to the size of a pigeon. They nest in trees and feed on small birds which they catch after a quick chase.
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How to identify: Sparrowhawks have rounded wings and a relatively long, narrow tail. Males are small, with a blueish grey back and pinky-orange barring underneath. The female is much larger, greyish-brown above and barred brown below.
Where: Found almost everywhere except the far north of Scotland.
Fantastic fact: Unlike many other birds of prey, Sparrowhawks build their own nest, a new one every year.
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