Levant Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes)

The Levant Sparrowhawk is a medium-sized bird of prey found primarily in southern and eastern Europe, as well as in the Middle East and Central Asia. These agile, fast-flying birds are highly prized by falconers for their hunting skills, and are also a popular subject for birdwatchers.

The Levant Sparrowhawk is known for its distinctive plumage, with adult males exhibiting a blue-grey back and wings, a rust-coloured breast, and white underparts. The females are slightly larger than males and are brown in colour, with a creamy underside. The species is known for its sharp, powerful talons and hooked beak, which it uses to capture small birds and mammals.

These birds prefer open woodland habitat with plenty of cover and prey, and can often be seen swooping through the trees or perched high on a tree branch waiting for their next meal. They are known for their swift flights, which can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. During migration season, the Levant Sparrowhawk is known to fly across the Mediterranean Sea to reach its wintering grounds in Africa.

Despite their impressive hunting skills, the Levant Sparrowhawk is facing a decline in its population due to habitat loss and hunting. These birds are often hunted for their meat or for use in illegal falconry, and it is estimated that between 5,000 and 20,000 individuals are captured every year.

Conservation efforts are underway to help protect and conserve the Levant Sparrowhawk and its habitat. This includes creating protected areas and enforcing laws against hunting and trapping. It is important to preserve these beautiful and important members of our ecosystem for future generations to enjoy and benefit from.

Other names

Accipiter brevipes



Levant Sparrowhawk

esparver grec



kratkoprsti kobac

krahujec krátkoprstý




Épervier à pieds courts


Sparviere levantino


trumpapirštis vanagas


krogulec krótkonogi


Европейский тювик

Kratkoprsti kobac

jastrab krátkoprstý

Gavilán griego


Yaz Atmacası

яструб коротконогий


kis héja


īskāju vanags


kratkonogi skobec