Accipiter brevipes

Accipiter brevipes (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Falconiformes
Familia: Accipitridae
Subfamilia: Accipitrinae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: Accipiter brevipes


Accipiter brevipes Severtzov, 1850


Bulletin de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou. 23 no.3 p.234 pl.1,2,3

Vernacular name
Български: Късопръст ястреб
Česky: Krahujec krátkoprstý
Dansk: Kortløbet Spurvehøg
Deutsch: Kurzfangsperber
Ελληνικά : Σαΐνι (Κοινό)
English: Levant Sparrowhawk
Esperanto: Mallongkrura akcipitro
Español: Gavilán griego
Français: Épervier à pieds courts
Magyar: Kis héja
Italiano: Sparviere levantino
Nederlands: Balkansperwer
‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Balkanhauk
Polski: Krogulec krótkonogi
Português: Gavião-de-pé-curto
Slovenščina: Kratkonogi skobec
Suomi: Sirovarpushaukka
Svenska: Balkanhök
Türkçe: Yoz atmaca


The Levant Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers.

It breeds in forests from Greece and the Balkans east to southern Russia. It is migratory, wintering from Egypt across to southwestern Iran. It will migrate in large flocks, unlike the more widespread Eurasian Sparrowhawk

The Levant Sparrowhawk nests in trees, building a new nest, lined with green leaves, each year. The normal clutch is 3-5 eggs. It hunts small birds, insects and lizards in woodland, relying on surprise as it flies from a perch to catch its prey unaware.

This bird is a small raptor with short broad wings and a longish tail, both adaptations to manoeuvring through trees. It is similar to the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, but its shorter tail and more pointed wings give it a more falcon-like appearance.

Levant Sparrowhawk is 30–37 cm long with a 63–76 cm wingspan. The female is larger than the male, but the difference is not as marked as with Eurasian Sparrowhawk. The adult male is blue-grey above, with dark wingtips, and barred reddish below.

The adult female is slate-grey above with darkish wingtips. She is barred reddish brown below, and may show a dark throat line. The juvenile is dark brown above and has dark-streaked underparts. It shows a dark throat line. The flight of this hawk is a characteristic "flap – flap – glide".

The call is a sharp "kee-wick".


1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Accipiter brevipes. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 February 2009.

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