This is bird with a restricted distribution to the north of the Caspian and Black Seas with a scattering of breeding sites in Turkey, Greece and the Balkans. It is a bit longer winged than the Sparrowhawk and, unlike that species, is a migrant into Africa - where its range is very poorly known as there are so many other Accipiter hawks about.
The narrow and longer wings with "dipped in ink" wing-tips are best distinguishing feature. Like all hawks this is a bird eater at times but it specialises in quartering the ground and taking lizards and large insects. Unlike most Accipiters not very marked sexual dimorphism
An Accipiter you are unlikely to come across - unless you are in the right place at the right time.
Length 350 mm Closed wing 240 mm Weight 200 gms
A Bird On! Sketch by Chris Mead
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