A female sparrowhawk perched on the branch of an oak tree


Sparrowhawks are so-named because 98% of their diet consists of other birds. Although sparrowhawk numbers declined very badly as a result of pesticide use, the British population has now recovered almost everywhere and there may be as many sparrowhawks breeding as kestrels.

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Scientific name: Accipiter nisus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Sparrowhawk taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Sparrowhawk can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, China, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales, Ynys-hir nature reserve. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Sparrowhawk distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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