Japanese Sparrowhawk

Scientific Name: Accipiter gularis
Malay Name: Helang-Sewah Jepun
Chinese Name: 日本松雀鹰

Found from Siberia, northeast China, Korea to Japan and winters to southern China and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: sibiricus, gularis, iwasakii.

Local Subspecies: gularis

Size: 25-31 cm

Male has dark greyish-blue upperparts, pinkish-rufous barrings on underparts, reddish eyes with yellow eyering, yellow cere and faint or no mesial streak. Female resembles male but larger and has distinctly browner upperparts, yellowish eyes, more prominent mesial streak and all barred underparts. Juvenile resembles female but has darker brown upperparts, streaked breast and flanks/belly marked with broken bars. Both adult and juvenile shows five prominent fingers in flight.

Similar looking species: Chinese Sparrowhawk, Besra, Eurasian Sparrowhawk

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, wooded areas and open country.


Local Status: Common migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Any suitable patch of habitat like Punggol Barat, Lorong Halus, Tampines Eco Green, Pasir Ris Park, Central Catchment Forest, Changi and Tuas.


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Accipiter gularis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.