Alternative name: Ovampo Sparrowhawk
- Accipiter ovampensis
30–40 cm (11¾-15¾ in)
- Grey above
- White with brownish grey barring below
- Red eye
- Black bill and cere
- Orange-yellow legs and feet
Western Africa: The Gambia, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa
Borders of drier woodlands, savanna and exotic plantations with surrounding savanna.
Feeds mainly on birds (up to the size of Red-eyed Dove). Prey is taken from a perch or from a soaring position.
The nest is constructed mainly by the female.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Gibbon, G. 2002. Roberts' Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa: Version 3. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. www.sabirding.co.za
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Ovambo Sparrowhawk. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 21 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Ovambo_Sparrowhawk