Home PageBirds of Devon and Cornwall Sparrowhawks  
Males are smaller than the females with a slate grey back, white underparts which are barred with orange and a grey tail with bars. Females have brown upperparts, a white stripe over the eye and dark barring underneath. They have broad, rounded wings and a long tail to enable to weave in and out of trees at high speed chasing their prey of small birds. The larger female will take birds as big as thrushes and starlings even pigeons, while the male preys on smaller birds like sparrows, finches and tits. A bird of woodlands and hedgerows they have extended their territory into parks and gardens; as in these photographs taken on visits to own garden.
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