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Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk

Accipiter erythrauchen

The Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk, a bird of prey with a striking appearance, is adorned in a mostly grey plumage contrasted by a rufous neck. Its feet are a vivid yellow, complementing a yellow bill tipped with black. The juvenile of the species presents a brown coloration, a common trait among young birds of prey as they camouflage into their surroundings.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify this species, look for the distinctive rufous neck which gives this sparrowhawk its name. The grey plumage and yellow feet are also key characteristics to distinguish it from other birds of prey in its habitat.

Habitat

This sparrowhawk favors the lush environments of subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, as well as subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. These habitats provide ample cover and hunting grounds for this adept predator.

Distribution

The Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk is an endemic species to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia, meaning it is found nowhere else in the world. Its presence is a unique feature of the region's avian biodiversity.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk as Near Threatened. This status indicates that the species is close to meeting the thresholds for Vulnerable and may be at risk of becoming endangered if circumstances affecting its survival and reproduction do not improve.

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