Species of Thailand

Japanese sparrowhawk

Accipiter gularis, Coenraad Jacob Temminck & Hermann Schlegel, 1844

(In Thai: เหยี่ยวนกเขาพันธุ์ญี่ปุ่น)

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.

Description

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.

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Passage migrant and winter visitor

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Accipitriformes
Family
Accipitridae
Genus
Accipiter
Species
Accipiter gularis

Common names

  • Thai: เหยี่ยวนกเขาพันธุ์ญี่ปุ่น

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Japanese sparrowhawk, Accipiter gularis in Thailand
Range map of Accipiter gularis in Thailand