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Ovambo Sparrowhawk - BirdForum Opus

Female on left, male on right
Photo © by GarethH
Centurion, South Africa, August 2006

Alternative name: Ovampo Sparrowhawk

Accipiter ovampensis


Photo © by GarethH
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, Gauteng, Pretoria, South Africa, April 2018

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


Sub-Saharan Africa:
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


This is a monotypic species[1].


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.


  1. 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/
  2. Avibase
  3. Gibbon, G. 2002. Roberts' Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa: Version 3. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. www.sabirding.co.za
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)

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