Japanese SparrowHawks

The Japanese Sparrowhawks

The Japanese Sparrowhawks (Accipiter gularis) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers.

Distribution / Range

It breeds in China, Japan, Korea, and Siberia; winters in Indonesia and the Philippines, passing through the rest of Southeast Asia.

It is a bird of open and wooded areas.

Japanese Sparrowhawk


It is 23-30cm in length, with the female larger than the male.

The male has dark barred underwings, lightly barred underparts, dark grey upperparts, and red eyes.

The female has yellow eyes and dark barred underparts.

Juvenile has brown upperparts and streaks on the breast.

Accipiter Gularis Japanese Sparrow Hawk

Diet / Feeding

It feeds on smaller birds taken in flight

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