Collared Sparrowhawk

Accipiter cirrocephalus

This forest and woodland bird is also fairly secretive,  with the larger female being difficult to distinguish from the male Brown Goshawk. They may be more numerous than records show. They are more restricted in diet than Brown Goshawks, being mainly a predator of small birds and perhaps better suited to suburban habitats. They are one of the few raptors that will perch and hunt within gardens.

Numbers peaked in 2003 and have declined since. There is some seasonal variation, with more sightings in summer after nesting. The high number of sightings in 1988-89 was due to continuous observation of two nest sites observed in that year. R=56. BR=60.