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Accipiter badius

AKA Little Banded Goshawk

Photo by RakeshPhoto taken: Hebbal , Bangalore.
Photo by Rakesh
Photo taken: Hebbal , Bangalore.

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Identification

Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. In Africa breeds from Senegal, Gambia and southern Mauritania east to Ethiopia and western Somalia and south to South Africa.

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.

Taxonomy

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.

Habitat

Forest, woodlands and wooded steppes, cultivated areas and often close to human habitation.

Behaviour

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