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Birds

Sparrowhawk

 

Sparrowhawks are small birds of prey, who are excellent bird hunters and can be found in all kinds of habitats, they often visits gardens looking for its prey - small birds like finches, tits and sparrows.

Adult male sparrowhawks have slate-grey back and wings and reddish-brown bars on their chest and belly. Females and young birds have brown back and wings, and brown bars underneath. Sparrowhawks have bright yellow or orangey eyes, long, yellow legs and long talons. Like with all birds of prey, females are larger than males, however, being almost 25% bigger is the biggest size difference in any bird.

Sparrow hawk (female/juvenile)

Looking at the photo above, what do you think makes a successful bird of prey, can you name any of the features that will help catch a prey?

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