Madagascan Sparrowhawk

Information about the Bird Madagascan Sparrowhawk

The Madagascan Sparrow-Hawk or in its latin name the Accipiter madagascariensis) is a bird of prey in the Accipitridae family and are a native specie to Madagascar.

A medium-sized forest accipiter. Has a stripped grey and white underbelly and its back is a greyish-blue and black though it may appear blue at times the wings are short-rounded. The throat is finely with streaked a blackish colour, the undertail is white. The eyes and legs are an yellow colour the toes are very long and the bird has a short rounded bill. Young have a brown back and the underbelly is spotted grey. Males are much smaller than females with females being around 29 - 42cm and 285 - 348g with a wingspan 50-69cm and males being around half of that.
The Madagascan Sparrow-Hawks feed largely on small birds and insects which it catches mainly on the wing as well as frogs, toads, rodents and reptiles which are caught on the ground
It is Endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, dry savanna, and subtropical or tropical dry shrub-land. The birds fly low through the trees and perch on branches, concealing themselves in the foliage. The sparrow-hawk favours dense forests.
The birds build a flat-stick nest in the fork of a large tree lined with fine twigs and flecks down on the edge. It is measured to be 50mm wide and 250mm deep, the average clutch size is around 2-4. The eggs white and are blunt on the end with a few irregular brown markings covering the egg. The eggs average size is around 38.0 x 33.0 - 35.0 - 30.0
Currently the population of these birds is very stable lying at around 50,000-70,000 individuals. But due to de-forestation the future of these birds is uncertain.

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