Scientific Name: Accipiter nisus Common Name: Eurasian Sparrowhawk Other Name: Northern sparrowhawk or simply The Sparrowhawk
Identifying Features: yellow legs, black claws, yellow eyes, silver beak, brown wings, white underparts barred with red-brown colour
- The species features in Teutonic mythology and is mentioned in works by writers including William Shakespeare, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Ted Hughes.
- The oldest known wild Eurasian sparrowhawk lived more than two decades; it was found dead in Denmark 20 years and 3 months after having been ringed. The typical lifespan is four years.
This image was clicked by Imran Shah – via Flickr.
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