Wild Birds

Collared Sparrowhawks

Collared Sparrowhawks (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

The Collared Sparrowhawks (Accipiter microcephalus) is a small and slender bird of prey that is widespread throughout Australia and New Guinea except for sandy deserts. It inhabits forests and woodlands.

Collared Sparrowhawks Perched on a Bowl
Collared Sparrowhawks Perched on a Bowl


The body length is 30–40 cm (11.8–15.7 in) and the wingspan is 55–80 cm (21.7–31.5 in).

Females, which weigh 240 g (8 oz) as adults, are noticeably larger than males, which weigh 125 g (4 oz).

The upper plumage is grey with a chestnut collar; the underparts are mainly rufous, finely barred with white.

It is similar to the Brown Goshawk but smaller.


It feeds mainly on small birds caught in flight; occasionally insects.

A Collared Sparrowhawk Flying
A Collared Sparrowhawk Flying


It nests in trees on a platform of sticks and twigs. The clutch size is usually 3 or 4.

The incubation period is about 35 days, with chicks fledging about 24–33 days after hatching.

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