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Shikra Accipiter badius (Gmelin, 1788)

Conservation status
Least Concern

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: A. badius

The Shikra is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers.

The Shikra is a widespread resident breeder throughout south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. It nests in trees, building a new nest each year. It lays 3-7 eggs.

This bird is a small raptor (26-30cm) with short broad wings and a long tail, both adaptations to fast manoeuvring. The normal flight of this species is a characteristic "flap – flap – glide".

The adult Shikra has pale grey upperparts, and is white, finely barred reddish below. Sexes are similar except that female is larger than the male. The juvenile is brown above and white, spotted with brown below. It has a barred tail.

Shikra is a bird of open woodland including savannah and cultivation. Its hunting technique is similar to other small hawks relying on surprise as it flies from a hidden perch or flicks over a bush to catch its prey unaware.

The prey is lizards, dragonflies, and small birds and mammals.

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 Post subject: shikra july 6th Lower Sabie
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Got this shot just outside of Lowersabie camp near the bridge.

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I once found one sitting on a lamp post just around the corner of my house in Pretoria. Very interesting sighting that, Imax.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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This little guy was building a nest on the berg n Dal road 1,4km from the turn off not even 10m from the road if anyone is passing that way. some help needed to ID please

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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This little guy was building a nest on the berg n Dal road 1,4km from the turn off not even 10m from the road if anyone is passing that way. some help needed to ID please

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Shikra (In the 2nd photo you can see its red eye which distiguishes the shikra from the little sparrowhawk. In the 1st photo when the tail is spread it is barred but in the 2nd photo when the tail is closed it appears plain which is indicative of a shikra )


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Hi guys, good to be back on the birding forum after the Ratpack trip - missed you all!

For once I'm a bit stumped... Or am I being stupid!? Seen outside Satara on 31 Jan 09. What is this!? Size was (I guess) probably 30 cm. Unfortunately never turned around for us.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Welcome back :D

Going on size, and the yellow cere and legs.......Im thinking immature Little Sparrow Hawk, unfortunately I have no refrences with me to be certain!

Would like to see what others have to say! :D

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Going by the description in Roberts Bird Guide this is a juvenile African Goshawk. "White eyebrow and dark median throat stripe seperate it from smaller juv Little Sparrowhawk." Seems spot on!


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Always helps to have a feild guide :lol:

I do remeber that throat stripe being African Goshawk now, thanks JoelR!

Just never knew if a young African Goshawk had a yellow cere or not! :hmz:

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It seemed very small to me...at least 20cm. But then again...It was late :lol:


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:lol: How many beers down the hatch DotDan??! :twisted:

The lighting seems fine to me! :lol:

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Hmm, I don't know guys. I don't have any reference material with me right now and I'm in a bit of a hurry but the general feel I get from this bird doesn't say either African Gos or Little Spar to me (the tail is wrong for Little Spar anyway).

As I say, I don't have any reference material with me now but I'[m tempted to call this a juvie Lizard Buzzard. Will return tomorrow to see what I can make of it. :wink:

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The stripe on the throat would make sense :D

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DotDan wrote:
It seemed very small to me...at least 20cm. But then again...It was late :lol:


Going on what Mr DotDan has to say, I agree and have to change my comment. It was indeed a very small bird. I think 20 cm is bit too small though, but 30 too big, so let's work on the 20 - 25 cm range? Sorry for the bit of wrong info. But accordingly have to say that means the Lizzard Buzzard is out...

Thinking back, based on size my initial reaction at the sighting was also juv Little Sparrowhawk, but upon investigating everything about it, ESPECIALLY the tail, told it's not... Lekker challenging one this!!!


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