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Sparrow hawk

Sparrow hawk

The hunting technique of daytime prey depends on the behavior of the hunted animals and the type of environment, in which the victim lives. Bald eagle and osprey are fishing, and the eagle places its prey soaring high in the air, then he dives to capture it. The falcon catches the bird in flight and very rarely comes to the ground. The diet of the bee-eater was described in the previous article.

Sparrow hawk, so, like a falcon, grabs the victim in flight. It plants itself in the crowns of trees or it sneaks up in the branches, to plunge into helpless prey. Short wings and a long tail, which the sparrowhawk can develop, they allow him to make precise maneuvers and lightning-fast ascents. With its fingers ending with long claws, it catches birds in flight, less often on the ground. If his attack fails, usually gives up chasing prey, because it is incapable of developing great speed over long distances and feeds only on small birds ranging in size from a sparrow to a pigeon or a jay, which are 98% his food.

Sparrow hawk is a species that occurs quite abundantly, nesting in the forests of Europe and much of Siberia. After winter troubles, the sparrowhawks return to their breeding sites in March. It appears in the nest in May or June 4 or 6 jaj. Po 33 the young hatch on the days of incubation. As nesters, they leave the nest after 4-5 weeks.

Sexual dimorphism manifests itself in ball in plumage and sizes. Male (1) it is smaller than the female. His body weight is approx 140 g, and the wingspan 60 cm. It resembles a cuckoo in its plumage color and size. The back is dark gray, reddish belly with wavy gray lines and red harem pants. In flight, it can be recognized by its short rounded wings and a long tail with four dark gray stripes (3). The female in flight looks the same (4), but it is heavier: its mass is about 100 g larger than the male. Its wingspan is approx 75 cm, the belly is whitish (2). Sparrowhawk eggs are veined brown, gray and purple (5). Protected species.