Little sparrowhawk

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Little sparrowhawk
Little sparrowhawk (Accipiter minullus) 03.jpg
At Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: A. minullus
Binomial name
Accipiter minullus
(Daudin, 1800)

The little sparrowhawk (Accipiter minullus) is a species of bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This bird measures 20 to 25 cm (7.9 to 9.8 in) in length (the tail makes up about half of its length), spans 39–52 cm (15–20 in) across the wings, and weighs around 85 g (3.0 oz). It is the world's smallest Accipiter and is possibly the smallest member of the diverse Accipitridae family.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Accipiter minullus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Raptors of the World by Ferguson-Lees, Christie, Franklin, Mead & Burton. Houghton Mifflin (2001), ISBN 0-618-12762-3.

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