Japanese sparrowhawk

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Japanese sparrowhawk
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
A. gularis
Binomial name
Accipiter gularis
(Temminck & Schlegel, 1844)

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

It breeds in China, Japan, Korea and Siberia; winters in Indonesia and Philippines, passing through the rest of South-east Asia. It is a bird of open and wooded areas.


It is 23–30 cm in length, with the female larger than the male. Males have dark barred underwings, lightly barred underparts, dark grey upperparts and red eyes. Females have yellow eyes and dark barred underparts. Juveniles have brown upperparts and streaks on the breast.

It feeds on smaller birds taken in flight, and has occasionally been observed feeding on bats.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Accipiter gularis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Mikula, P.; Morelli, F.; Lučan, R. K.; Jones, D. N.; Tryjanowski, P. (2016). "Bats as prey of diurnal birds: a global perspective". Mammal Review. 46 (3): 160. doi:10.1111/mam.12060.

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