Ovambo Sparrow-hawk

Plegadis falcinellus

This accipiter takes its name from the Ovamboland in northern Namibia and is widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa.

My highlight with this species was having a pair nesting in a tree nearby our house in Parkwood, South Africa. The male (and sometimes the female depending on where they were in their breeding process) would catch small birds at least twice a day and eat them in the Jacaranda tree neighbouring our property. This made for incredible views and the opportunity to learn so much about these striking raptors. For example, after hatching, the male feeds the chicks for approximately 18 days while the female broods and protects the young. After this perod, the female also participants in hunting. We got to witness both occurrences, but unfortunately the chicks didn’t make it out the nest due to some incredibly rough, thunder storms in the area.


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