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Besra

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Photo by Joe PanLahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
Photo by Joe Pan
Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
Accipiter virgatus

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[edit] Identification

24–36 cm (9½-14¼ in)

  • Ashy blue-grey upperparts
  • White below crossed barred with rusty brown
  • Dark vertical throat stripe
  • Short broad wings
  • Long tail

Female is larger and has browner upperparts
Juvenile: dark brown upperparts

  • White underparts, barred brown
  • Barred tail

[edit] Distribution

South Asia from Pakistan and India to south China and Indonesia.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 11 subspecies[1]:

  • A. v. affinis:
  • A. v. fuscipectus:
Artwork by tuck.hong

Artwork by tuck.hong
  • A. v. besra:
  • A. v. abdulalii:
  • A. v. nisoides:
  • A. v. confusus:
  • A. v. quagga:
  • Philippines (Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, Siquijor and Mindanao)
  • A. v. rufotibialis:
  • A. v. vanbemmeli:
  • A. v. virgatus:
  • A. v. quinquefasciatus:

[edit] Habitat

Dense montane forests; in winter open woodland (preferably with large trees) including groves, savanna and cultivated areas.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They nest in trees, building a new nest each year. The clutch consists of 2-5 eggs.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of birds with the addition of dragonflies, lizards and mammals.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. AvianWeb
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2016)

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