Sparrowhawk illustration


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Found increasingly more and more in urban gardens, Sparrowhawks have barred breast feathers and bright yellow eyes. Males have pinkish barred breasts whereas females have duller and browner fronts. Like many birds of prey, female Sparrowhawks are much larger than males.

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As their name suggests, Sparrowhawks feed largely on House Sparrows and other small birds which they catch on the wing with their incredible aerial hunting skills. Their piercing 'ke-ke-ke' call is similar to the Kestrel and Hobby, but is more drawn out.