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Japanese sparrowhawk

Thai: เหยี่ยวนกเขาพันธุ์ญี่ปุ่น, yiow nok khao phan yi-pun

Binomial name: Accipiter gularis, Coenraad Jacob Temminck & Hermann 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. The male has dark barred underwings, lightly barred underparts, dark grey upperparts and red eyes. Female has yellow eyes and dark barred underparts. Juvenile has brown upperparts and streaks on breast.

It feeds on smaller birds taken in flight.

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Scientific classification

Accipiter gularis

Common names

  • Thai: เหยี่ยวนกเขาพันธุ์ญี่ปุ่น, yiow nok khao phan yi-pun

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Japanese sparrowhawk, Accipiter gularis in Thailand

Range map of Accipiter gularis in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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