Chinese sparrowhawk

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Chinese sparrowhawk
Juvenile Chinese Sparrowhawk in flight.JPG
juvenile at North Sulawesi
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
A. soloensis
Binomial name
Accipiter soloensis
(Horsfield, 1821)

The Chinese sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It breeds in Southeast China, Taiwan, Korea and Siberia; winters in Indonesia and Philippines, passing through the rest of Southeast Asia. It lives mainly in forests but sometimes lives on edges.


It is 30–36 cm in length, with the female larger than the male. Adults have prominent black wing tips. The male is grey above, white below and has red eyes. The female has rufous on breast and underwing coverts, and yellow eyes. Juveniles have a grey face, brown upperparts and yellow eyes. The top underparts are streaked, while the thighs are barred. The black wing tips are not as prominent and underwings streaked (except for coverts).


In its breeding range, it feeds mainly on frogs, but will take lizards and other small invertebrates as well. In its wintering range, this species feeds heavily on cicadas.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Accipiter soloensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Pratt, Thane K.; Beehler, Bruce M.; Anderton, John C.; Kokay, Szabolcs (2014). Birds of New Guinea: Second Edition. Princeton University Press. p. 295. ISBN 9781400865116.