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Sparrowhawk, Black
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Accipiter melanoleucus
Africa, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Central Africa, East Africa, Eastern Cape Province, Free State Province, Gauteng Province, Global, Horn of Africa, Ilkeliani, Kenya, KwaZulu Natal Province, Limpopo Province, Malawi, Mozambique, Mpumalanga Province, Namibia, Nigeria, North Africa, North West Province, Northern Cape Province, Rwanda, South Africa, South Central Africa, Southern Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania Read more
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This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or ...
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Typically, both genders of the black sparrowhawk are pied black-and-white when mature; generally the plumage is predominantly black, but with a white chest and throat.[ 4] Some individuals may have a tendency towards melanism, showing white only on the throat and spots on the belly.[ 2] [ 4] [ 5] As a rule there is no noticeable difference between the plumage of mature females and males.[ 4] The tails are cross-barred with about three or four paler stripes, and the undersides of the wings with perhaps four or five, but these are less well-defined. ...
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