Alternative names: Red-chested Sparrowhawk; Rufous Sparrowhawk
- Accipiter rufiventris
Length: 29-36 cm. Females (200 g) larger than males (120 g). In southern Africa, the unmarked rufous underparts are diagnostic. Upperparts slate grey, head appears hooded.
- A. r. rufiventris
- Montane forests of Kenya and eastern Zaire to South Africa
- A. r. perspicillaris
- Highland forests of Ethiopia
Afromontane forest or stands of alien trees with adjacent grassland or fynbos.
Solitary or in pairs. Generally inconspicuous, spending much time perched high in trees. Hunts mainly for small birds over open country.
- Clements JF. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2008. Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019