Chinese Sparrowhawk

Accipiter soloensis

Order

ACCIPITRIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

ACCSOL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Chinese Sparrowhawk has a large breeding range of nearly one million square kilometers. This small raptor breeds in northeastern and southeastern China, southeastern Russia, and the Korean peninsula. It winters in parts of southern China, the Philippines, Sumatra, Java, and eastern Indonesia. The Chinese Sparrowhawk mostly occurs in open woodlands next to marshes and other wetlands. The global population is estimated to be anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 individuals, and is believed to be stable. This species has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Chinese Sparrowhawk: Small slate-gray hawk. Orange-brown breast and barring on lower breast, and white belly and vent. Medium wings with black primaries. Fairly long tail white below, some black barring. Female like male but more barring and darker breast. Juvenile brown-gray above, white below with gray-brown mottling on breast, barring on belly.

 

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Chinese Sparrowhawk SONGS AND CALLS

Chinese Sparrowhawk E2

Call is a repeated "keee".

Similar Sounding

Osprey L1

Loud whistles given by a male in a display flight.


Voice Text

"keee-keee-keee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Chinese Sparrowhawk was first described on Java in 1821 by American naturalist T. Horsfield.
  • They build their nests out of sticks and line them with green leaves. Both parents hunt for food for the chicks and both occasionally incubate the nest.
  • This species has many other common names, including Chinese Goshawk, Grey Frog Hawk, Chinese Sparrowhawk, Gray Goshawk, Horsfield's Goshawk, Horsfield's Sparrowhawk, and Little Sparrowhawk.
  • A group of hawks is collectively known as, an "aerie, "eyass", a "boil", "brace", "brood", "cast", "couple", "eyrie","eyry", "flight", "kettle", "knot", "lease", "leash", "mews", "moulting", "nest", "pair", "stooping", "schizophrenia", "screw", "soar", "souse", "spiraling", "stream", "swarm", "swooping", and a "tower" of hawks.

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RANGE MAP PALAU

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Michael Oberhofer

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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