Accipiter virgatus   Temminck  (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 29-31 cm

A shikra-like hawk distinguished by the bold black mesial stripe on throat. Male: Blackish slaty grey above. Tail grey square, three to four blackish bands. Chin and throat white with distinct black mesial stripe and two faint moustachial streaks. Breast and flanks rufous. Lower breast and abdomen may be barred. Female differs in being rich chocolate-brown above with crown and nape slaty black. Immature have rich rufous edge to brown upper feathers, white broadly streaked with brown and barred on flanks.

Nesting: Season- March to June. Nest- a platform of sticks lined with leaves in densely foliaged tree. Often the repaired nest of crows, etc. Eggs- 3 to 5, roundish oval, blue white smudged with reddish brown.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Besra Sparrow-Hawk
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • The Internet Bird Collection (IBC) Available at -
  • Srinivasulu, C (2004) Birds of kawal wildlife sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh , India Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 101(1) 3-25 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Ali, S (1977) The book of Indian birds Bombay Natural History Society 175 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • PBase Available at -

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