Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: Accipiter nisus

Sparrowhawks, or Accipiter nisus, are birds of prey.


Sparrowhawks, 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. 

a sparrowhawk in flight, showing its short and rounded wings and long tail.


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.