Nicobar Sparrowhawk (Accipiter butleri)

The Nicobar Sparrowhawk is a bird of prey that inhabits the lush forests of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. This stunning bird has a striking appearance with a jet-black cap, a white and black striped breast, and a distinct rusty-colored tail.

The Nicobar Sparrowhawk is an apex predator of the forest, feeding on small birds, lizards, insects, and other small animals. It is a highly skilled hunter that waits patiently for its prey to approach before launching a rapid and precise attack. Unlike other birds of prey that hunt during the day, the Nicobar Sparrowhawk is crepuscular, meaning that it is most active during the early morning and late afternoon.

The Nicobar Sparrowhawk is a small bird, measuring between 25-30cm in length and weighing between 85-120 grams. It has a powerful wingspan of around 55-60cm, which it uses to soar over the dense forest canopy seeking out prey.

The breeding season for the Nicobar Sparrowhawk occurs between February and April. During this time, the male performs elaborate courtship displays, using its wings and tail feathers to show off to the female. Once the female is impressed, she will lay a clutch of two to three eggs in a nest hidden within the forest canopy. Both parents take turns to incubate the eggs and care for the young chicks.

Unfortunately, the Nicobar Sparrowhawk has been listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to habitat loss and hunting. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been undergoing rapid development in recent years, with logging and agriculture threatening the bird's forest habitat. Additionally, the trapping of birds for the illegal pet trade has also been a significant problem.

Efforts are being made to preserve the habitat of the Nicobar Sparrowhawk, and new sanctuaries have been established for their protection. However, more work needs to be done to ensure their survival, as the species continues to face ongoing threats.

Other names

Accipiter butleri



Nicobar Sparrowhawk

esparver de les illes Nicobar



nikobarski kobac

krahujec nikobarský




Épervier des Nicobar


Sparviere delle Nicobare


nikobarinis vanagas


krogulec nikobarski


Никобарский тювик

Nikobarski kobac

jastrab nikobarský

Gavilán de Nicobar


Nikobar Atmacası

яструб нікобарський

nicobari raudkull

nikobári karvaly