Introduction: Tall riverine woodlands are the favoured habitats of the Ovambo sparrowhawk (Accipiter ovampensis). Roosting is in nests at night and distinctive behavioural actions include double-wing stretching, leg and jaw stretches, preening and body-shaking.
Distribution: Widespread but patchy distribution in central and northern regions of the country including Etosha National Park, Epupa Falls, Caprivi.
Diet: Often perches over waterhole waiting for prey. Eats exclusively birds such as doves, weavers, flycatchers, woodpeckers, swallows, drongos, swifts and pipits.
Description: Grey rump, head and upper parts. Often confused with the smaller shikra.
Breeding: Both sexes build an untidy stick nest. Between 1 and 5 eggs are laid between September and November and incubated for over 30 days.
Wingspan: 70cm.Birds of Namibia Wildlife of Namibia
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