The sparrowhawk has short rounded wings and a long slender tail to help with quick acceleration and excellent maneuverability whilst in flight. These birds are prey are distinguishable by their brown barred pattern on the underpart of the body.


Found Europe wide, preferring forest and woodland habitats.


The diet of male sparrowhawk consists of small birds such as sparrows and great tits. Females are larger and can eat larger prey such as starlings and even on occasion woodpigeons. Sparrows are also opportunistic hunters feeding on small mammals like mice and young rabbits.

Predators & Threats

Predators of this species include owls, larger birds such as the peregrine falcon and the golden eagle, and red foxes.


  • Females can be upto 25% bigger than males.
  • Larger birds of this species can survive upto 6 days without food.


Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Sparrowhawk , Eurasian Sparrowhawk.Accipiter nisus
 Males: ~ 30 cm, Females: 35-41 cm.
Males: 7-8 years. Females: 10-11 years.

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Sparrowhawk