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AKA Little Banded Goshawk
In Asia breeds from Iran and Pakistan south to southern India and Sri Lanka and north to Kazakstan and the far west of China. Range extends eastwards southern China and Hainan and south to southern Thailand.
Six races recognised with two in Africa: sphenurus from Gambia to northern Tanzania and polyzonoides from southern Tanzania to the Cape. In Asia cenchroides occurs from Transcaucasia to Central Asia, dussumieri in northern India and the Himalayas, badius in southern India and Sri Lanka and poliopsis from north-east India to China and South-East Asia.
Forest, woodlands and wooded steppes, cultivated areas and often close to human habitation.