Chinese Sparrowhawk

Scientific Name: Accipiter soloensis
Alternative Name: Chinese Goshawk
Malay Name: Helang-Sewah Cina
Chinese Name: 赤腹鹰

Range:
Found from Siberia, China to Korea and wintering to Southeast Asia

Taxonomy:
Monotypic

Size: 29-35 cm

Identification: Adult Chinese Sparrowhawk can be easily separated from other accipiter species by its dark greyish upperparts, prominent orange-yellow cere, virtually unmarked underwing-coverts and black-tipped primaries. Male has dark red eyes and pink-washed breast while female has yellowish eyes and more rufous-washed breast. Juvenile resembles juvenile Japanaese Sparrowhawk but has very little to moderate markings on underwing-coverts and no yellowish eyering. Both adult and juvenile shows four prominent fingers in flight.

Similar looking species: Japanese Sparrowhawk, Besra, Crested Goshawk

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth, wooded areas, open country, parks and gardens.

Behaviour/Ecology: 

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Tuas South, Changi, Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat, Bidadari, Kent Ridge Park, Mount Faber, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Chinese/Japanese Gardens, Sungei Buloh, Kranji Marsh and Pulau Ubin.

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Robert DeCandido et al (2014) “Flight identification and plumage descriptions of six Accipiter species on southbound migration at Khao Dinsor, Chumphon province, Thailand” in BirdingASIA 21