Sparrow hawk bird information and facts

The sparrow hawk, the most common bird of prey, is found throughout Europe. It frequents smaller forests and field groves.

Length: 28 to 38 cm. The female is larger.
Wing span:  Male — 60 cm, female — up to 80 cm.
Voice: Besides the nest a repeated ‘leek-leek-leek’, when alarmed ‘kew kew’,  also a soft, ‘keeow’.
Size of Egg: 34.2—46.7 x 27.5—36.0 mm.


Sparrow Hawk Bird Habit

When the young have fledged the birds roam the countryside, though many fly southwest at the end of August or September, returning in March or April to their nesting grounds which are selected by the males; the females return somewhat later.

How the Bird built its nest?

The nest of dry twigs, lined with hair, is built in a spruce tree. The sparrow hawk selects another tree nearby to use as its resting place. On the ground below this tree, one will find regurgitated undigested food
such as bones, hairs, and the like.

How Sparrow Hawk incubate eggs?

The 4 to 6 eggs are incubated by the hen for 33 days, but the male brings her food, which she takes from him at a particular spot near to the nest. The female begins incubating as soon as the first, second or third egg is laid. Thus the young hatch successively, the last ones often becoming the victims of the elder and larger nestlings, especially when there is a lack of food.

How Sparrow Hawk Birds manage their foods?

Initially, the male hunts for prey, mostly small birds, which he plucks clean at a selected spot before passing it to the female. When the nestlings are a week old the female also forages for food, which she shares out between the young.

After the first two weeks, when the young are able to tear their own food, the male brings it to them directly instead of first passing it to the hen. The sparrow hawk hunts prey within a territory measuring some 2 to 5 kilometres in diameter. The young leave the nest at the age of 26 to 31 days.

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