French: Épervier minule German: Zwergsperber Spanish: Gavilancito chico
Other common names:
African Little Sparrowhawk
Gamtoos River, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. minullus
Daudin, 1800 – extreme E Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia S (away from E coast) to Angola, N Namibia, N Botswana, E & S South Africa and SW Mozambique.
A. m. tropicalis
Reichenow, 1898 – S Somalia and coastal Kenya S to E Mozambique.
20–25 cm; male 74–85 g, female 68–105 g; wingspan 39–52 cm. A tiny woodland hawk (smallest Accipiter) with barred underparts, white rump and... read more
Vocalizes mainly near nest, where gives series of “kew-kew-kew” or “kik-kik-kik” notes. Calls often... read more
Open woodland, savanna, forest edge and thornbrush, typically along rivers or in valleys; also uses... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small birds weighing 10–40 g, occasionally up to 80 g; also small mammals (including bats), lizards and large insects.... read more
Nesting Mar–Jun in Ethiopia; Mar–May and Oct–Jan in Kenya; Aug–Dec in Zambia; Oct (laying) in SE Zimbabwe; Sept... read more
Mostly sedentary. Reported to wander into drier areas in Kenya during wet season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Widespread and common even in small patches of habitat, quickly colonizing new exotic habitats and small plantations.... read more
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