Range / Distribution
It breeds in forests from Greece and the Balkans east to southern Russia.
Breeding / Nesting
The Levant Sparrowhawk nests in trees, building a new nest, lined with green leaves, each year. The normal clutch is 3-5 eggs.
Diet / Feeding
It hunts small birds, insects and lizards in woodland, relying on surprise as it flies from a perch to catch its prey unaware.
This bird is a small raptor with short broad wings and a longish tail, both adaptations to manoeuvring through trees. It is similar to the Sparrowhawk, but its shorter tail and more pointed wings give it a more falcon-like appearance.
Levant Sparrowhawk is 30-37 cm long with a 63-76 cm wingspan. The female is larger than the male, but the difference is not as marked as with Sparrowhawk. The adult male is blue-grey above, with dark wingtips, and barred reddish below.
The adult female is slate-grey above with darkish wingtips. She is barred reddish brown below, and may show a dark throat line.
The juvenile is dark brown above and has dark-streaked underparts It shows a dark throat line.
The flight of this hawk is a characteristic “flap – flap – glide”.
The call is a sharp “kee-wick”.