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Collared Sparrowhawk 3

Collared Sparrowhawk 3 (Accipiter cirrhocephalus)

Footnote! This species of hawk has particularly long middle toes. According to the mighty HANZAB (Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic Birds) one feature of the Collared Sparrowhawk that distinguishes it from the Brown Goshawk is that in the sparrowhawk the distal joint of the middle toe lies beyond the base of the outer claw. I must admit I don't always pick this when a flushed bird scoots off through the canopy! After drinking the bird bathed in the trough, hence the sopping feathers.
mallee woodland
north of Waikerie, South Australia
Date taken
16 April 2007
Scientific name
Accipiter cirrhocephalus
Equipment used
Canon 30D 500 f4
Thanks for the excellent shots Rufus. Yes it can be tricky to tell them apart when spotted at high speed!

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