|Species:|| Accipiter nisus|
Sparrowhawks, or Accipiter nisus, are birds of prey.
HabitsEditSparrowhawks, thanks to their short wings, are excellent at flying through woods, and therefore are mostly found in lightly wooded places. Sparrowhawk pairs nest later then most song birds, this way they can feed on fledglings. When hunting, sparrowhawks genrally prefer to sneak up on their target, and then, using their powerful feet, they seize their prey.
Sparrowhawks mainly feed on other birds, they prefer birds that feed on the ground. Females normally hunt larger prey then the males, but even the female rarely takes anything larger than a pigeon, although some take thrushes and blackbirds.