Accipiter cirrhocephalus

Collared Sparrowhawk




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  • Accipiter cirrhocephalus Collared Sparrowhawk

    11 Nov 2016-37.8,144.9Thomas N.

    Identified by the shape of its tail and eyes.

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  • Accipiter cirrhocephalus Collared Sparrowhawk

    27 Jun 2015-38.2,142.5Pauline McCarthy

    Sitting near the chook shed waiting for the sparrows to come for the chook food. It was very successful!

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  • Accipiter cirrhocephalus Collared Sparrowhawk

    07 Jan 2015-38.1,147.1Suzanne Jones

    The bird returned! Guess it is the same one. First saw it sitting in the Allocasuarina next to the bird bath, resting on one leg. It flew down to the bird bath, drank, then bathed in the water. When I walked outside, it flew up to one of the big eucalypts nearby. These photos show it to have a rounded tail (definitely not squared), so still wonder if it is a Brown Goshawk. Although the last photo does show it to have a longer middle toe, other photos don't seem to show such a difference. I am just confused about Identification of this bird - if it is the same one as I photographed the other day in the birdbath!

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    1. David Francis  I think it may be the same bird as before (Juvenile Collared Sparrowhawk). It lacks the heavy "beetle-brow"/frowning look of the Brown Goshawk. But I'm no expert.

      Reply • 07 Jan 2015

  • Accipiter cirrhocephalus Collared Sparrowhawk

    01 Jan 2015-38.1,147.1Suzanne Jones

    This big bird was sitting in our birdbath. It has been identified by Albert Golden as a Collared Sparrowhawk. He commented that the long middle toe and 'goggle' eyes identified it as such. It would have been sitting (as in the first photo) for at least 5 minutes while we were watching. It did look at me standing in the doorway with the camera, but appeared unperturbed. It then flew to a nearby tree (scattering little birds in all directions), then flew back to the birdbath, where it sat on the lip for another 5 minutes or thereabouts before flying away.

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    1. Russell Best  Amazing. I've never seen a raptor at a bird bath before. And it took this picture to make me realise I've never seen a raptor at a bird bath before!

      Reply • 01 Jan 2015

    2. Chris Lindorff  A lovely series of photos Suzanne. I agree with Brown Goshawk and possibly a young bird. Did you see it drinking at the bird bath or did it come in to flush smaller birds?

      Reply • 02 Jan 2015

      • Suzanne Jones  It was just sitting in the birdbath when we first noticed it as we were having our breakfast and I ran for the camera. Didn't actually see it drink, but it was sitting in the middle of the birdbath when we noticed it was there. It was in no hurry to move. When it flew to a nearby tree, little birds scattered, but it didn't make any move to follow any of them. It then flew back to the birdbath where it sat on the lip for quite a while, turning around at times with its back facing me. I took so many photos!!!

        Reply • 02 Jan 2015

    3. Suzanne Jones  Identification by Albert Golden. Thanks David.

      Reply • 02 Jan 2015

      • Chris Lindorff  Very difficult call to make for identification. The legs and toes look a little too stout for Sparrowhawk (in my mind). Would love to know the tell-tale features of this bird. Perhaps the approachability hints of Sparrowhawk, with Brown Goshawk usually very secretive. Cheers.

        Reply • 03 Jan 2015

        • Suzanne Jones  Yes, I just don't know. One of my books says that the Sparrowhawk has a squared tail, but unfortunately we have a bush planted in front of the birdbath and the end of the tail can't be seen in any of my many photos.

          Reply • 03 Jan 2015

  • Accipiter cirrhocephalus Collared Sparrowhawk

    01 Oct 2014-33.3,138.4Chris Clarke

    Advised that the features are a better match for the Collared Sparrowhawk - tail notch and longer middle toe!

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    1. Chris Clarke  ID tricky with Collared Sparrowhawk a possibility?

      Reply • 05 Oct 2014

  • Accipiter cirrhocephalus Collared Sparrowhawk

    30 Jan 2013-37.9,144.2Chris Lindorff

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