A common widespread resident bird of prey
found in deciduous and coniferous woodland as well as increasingly in
urban areas. Adult males have a slate grey back and white underparts,
closely barred with orange. Females (shown below) are larger, with brown
upperparts, a white stripe over the eye and dark barring underneath.
The flap flap glide flying motion is a good way to recognise Sparrowhawks
and they never hover like a kestrel. it feeds on a diet of small birds.
Call is a harsh, chattering 'kek-kek-kek..' Length: 28-38cm.