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Little Sparrowhawk
Little Sparrowhawk
Bird. The little sparrowhawk is the smallest of the family of sparrowhawks and goshawks, weighing between 74 to 105 grams (2.6 to 3.7 ounces). Sparrowhawks have thin, fine legs, long toes and needle-sharp talons. Short, broad wings and a long tail give them great maneuverability flying through woods. They prey on small birds and insects that they catch midair, while flying through the trees at high speed. The indigestible parts of their prey become small parcels called pellets, which they regurgitate on the ground near their eating places. The accipiter is the largest genus of birds with 49 species.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Accipiter minullus 4-10 years
Carnivore. Small birds, small mammals, and insects.
Predators and Threats
Larger birds, mammals, and reptiles.
Woodland and forest; East and Central Africa.