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Sparrowhawk? S Thailand, February 15, 2023 (1 Viewer)


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Hi, is it possible to id the raptor from the attached photos, even to genus level? Of course, if species id is possible that would be much appreciated:). Only 1 photo taken, in Southeast Thailand (Hat Yai, Songkhla province) around 10:30 am on February 15; the other two are my poor attempts to make it easier to identify.

I was thinking of sparrowhawk due to the long tail and what appear to be several white spots on the neck. But maybe there is some other diagnostic feature(s) that I am missing. Only Japanese has been recorded in e-bird at this time of year here.

Not sure if it is the same bird that was soaring and making a few circles. If so then I guess a sparrowhawk would be unlikely? Terrain is city edge, so buildings, fields and trees/bush.
Thank you in advance


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Joern Lehmhus

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Not identifiable to me ... i am even wondering if that is a raptor at all-could also perhaps be some kind of cuckoo???

But yes, Accipiter species, including sparrowhawk can also soar and make circles ....


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Thanks Joern, I was hoping that there might be some clue even in such a poor photo that I did not have the experience to see. Appreciate the point about Accipiters.
Thank you again for taking the time to look at the photo and more time to send your message.


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Thanks Butty, now I am really sorry the photo was so bad:) I have not seen any of the larger cuckoos around here. I am thinking larger because of the tail length. Oh well, the search continues.
thanks again for looking and taking the time to comment.

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