Eurasian Sparrowhawk

      Accipiter nisus

      Information

      The Eurasian Sparrowhawk is master of surprise effect: It hunts with fast flight along a hedgerow or an embankment, darts over the top of it into a flock of songbirds, snatches its prey and disappears. During the breeding season, it mostly inhabits forests. In winter, especially, it can be observed intowns and villages, where songbirds are an easy prey at bird tables. Here, however, they run the risk of colliding with glass walls and windows. Songbirds often draw attention to the enemy with piercing warning calls.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      regular, common breeder, migrant and winter visitor
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      3'500 - 6'000 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      predominantly short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      28-38
      wing span (cm)
      58-80
      Weight (g)
      100-350
      Nest site
      trees
      Food
      birds
      Group
      Hawks, Vultures and Eagles
      Habitat
      forest, settlements
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution