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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Shikra Female Accipiter Badius

A small bird of prey (raptor) closely related to the goshawks and sparrowhawks, it is widely distributed in Asia. A closely related bird in Africa goes by the name little banded goshawk and other relatives include Chinese goshawk and Eurasian sparrowhawk. Males have a pale grey color with a red eyes, females are browner and have yellow eyes. They feed on rodents, lizards, small birds and even small snakes. They were once used for falconry in India.Source: Able Lawrence