747. Astur brevipes

747. Levant Sparrow-Hawk.
ASTUR BREVIPES.
Astur brevipes, Severtz. Bull. Soc. Imp. Nat. Mosc, xxxiii. p. 234, tab. i, ii. iii. (1850) ; (Dresser), v. p. 633, pls, 359, 360 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. i. p. 111 ; (Seidensacher), Ver. Zool. Bot. Gesell. 1864, taf. i. (egg) ; A. gurneyi (Bree.), B. of Eur. iv. p. 185 (1863).
Basha, Pers.
Male ad. (Macedonia). Differs from A, badius in being larger, in having the under parts much more broadly and boldly barred, and as a rule with darker brown and not rufous bars. Culmen 0.85, wing 8.9, tail 7.0, tarsus 2.15 inch. The female is not much larger than the male, whereas in A. badius the difference in size between the sexes is considerable.
Hab. South-eastern Europe ; Greece ; Southern Russia ; Palestine ; Asia Minor ; Transcaspia ; Persia.
This, the western representative of A. badius, differs but little from that bird in its habits and nidification. It frequents groves, gardens, and woods, and feeds on small mammals, birds, and large insects. Its nest resembles that of the Sparrow Hawk and is placed in a tree often tolerably high above the ground, and in May it lays 4, sometimes only 3, eggs which are greenish white when fresh, but soon fade. In size they average 1.57 by 1.25.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
747. Astur brevipes
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
747
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
531
Common name: 
Levant Sparrow Hawk
M_ID: 
2875
M_CN: 
Levant Sparrowhawk
M_SN: 
Accipiter brevipes
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10490

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