- Accipiter brevipes
30-37 cm. Female is larger than the male
- Blue-grey upperparts
- Dark wingtips
- Barred reddish below
- Slate-grey upperparts
- Darkish wingtips
- Barred reddish brown underparts
- Dark throat line
- Dark brown upperparts
- Darkish-streaked underparts
- Dark throat (gular) line
Levant Sparrowhawk usually shows four "fingers" which often produces an impression of pointed wings while Eurasian Sparrowhawk shows five-six "fingers". Levant Sparrowhawk therefore shows a flight silhouette that is surprisingly similar to Common Kestrel. Juvenile Levant differs in the more blotchy, streaked appearance of underside and a dark gular stripe, where juvenile Eurasian is barred below.
A summer visitor to the southern Ukraine and east across southern Russia to Kazakstan and in scattered parts of South-East Europe. There are small, isolated populations in southern Romania and Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia, probably Albania and in particular, Greece, and has bred in small numbers in south-east Hungary. In addition, breeds in western and northern Turkey and the Caucasus.
Winters in East Africa and seen on passage across Turkey, the Middle East and Egypt. The Bosphorus is the preferred migration route with smaller numbers through the Caucasus and the passage period is mid August-early October, peaking in the second half of September. The return movement takes place in mid-late April. Passage is very concentrated and most of the population move through in a few days in dense flocks.
Deciduous woodland, in dry, hilly or lowland areas, often along rivers.
It nests in trees, lined with green leaves. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs.
Diet includes small birds, insects and lizards.
The call is a sharp "kee-wick".
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Levant Sparrowhawk. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 17 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Levant_Sparrowhawk