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Levant Sparrowhawk

Accipiter brevipes

Common passage migrant

Found at Neolithic WF16

The Levant Sparrowhawk spends the summer in the Balkans and around the Black Sea where it breeds in dense woodlands.

It winters in Eastern Africa, and huge tight flocks can be observed soaring above Wadi Dana and Wadi Ghweir during the spring migration. The migration peak in spring is from 20th April – 5th May. There are estimates that over 50% of the world population may migrate over the Faynan area. Levant sparrow hawks may stop over during migration to hunt rodents and small birds; they migrate only during the day and roost at night.

Image credit: ‘Levant Sparrowhawk’ by Vladimir Arkhivov via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0