Sparrowhawk

 

This is a resident breeding bird in city parks, gardens, golf courses and cemeteries. It colonised Edinburgh in the 1980s after a population recovery in the surrounding countryside. The estimated breeding population in the late 1980s was between 20 – 35 pairs within the city bypass boundary (McGrady 1991). The principal diet of this species is birds ranging in size from wren to wood pigeon (only the larger female can kill a wood pigeon). For further information on the diet of Edinburgh sparrowhawks see the Food page. A study in the late 1980s estimated that House Sparrows formed 27% of the diet in the Edinburgh breeding population (McGrady 1991).  The average annual breeding productivity in the late 1980s was recorded at 2.3 chicks fledged per nest (McGrady 1991). Recent data based on population monitoring can be found on the Edinburgh Urban Sparrowhawk Study page. If you have seen this species in Edinburgh please report your sightings on our on-line recording system on the Sightings in Edinburgh page.

Further information on the Edinburgh Sparrowhawk Monitoring programme can be found by following the links on the left.

Click on the thumbnails below to see superb photos by Laurie Campbell, Lorne Gill, Kevin Ingleby and Jonathan Avery or click here to start a slide show:


Male sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Lorne Gill Sparrow hawk on bird feeder - Photo copyright Kevin Ingleby Female sparrow hawk - Photo copyright laurie@lauriecampbell.com Female sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Laurie Campbell Female sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Laurie Campbell Female sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Laurie Campbell Male sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Laurie Campbell Juvenile male sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Lorne Gill Sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Laurie Campbell Sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Laurie Campbell Sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Laurie Campbell Sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Kevin Ingleby Sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Laurie Campbell Ringed sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Jonathan Avery Ringed sparrow hawk - Photo copyright Jonathan Avery

See Chas Moonie's Web site for more stunning photos of sparrow hawks.

See the RSPB Web site for more information on identification and ecology of the species.

Click on the links below to learn more