To: "Messages Birding-aus" <>, "Rachelle Levingston" <>
Subject: Chicken-hawke
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 16:31:11 +1000
Rachelle wrote...
>When someone talks about a "Chicken-hawke" which bird
>exactly are they refering to
g'day All,
Another one to add to Paul Taylor's list is the "Collared Sparrowhawk"
The female is hard (impossible ?) to identify from the male Brown Goshawk which is of a similiar size.
The Reader's Digest "Complete Book of Australian Birds" lists Chicken-hawk under "Other Names" for both species.
J.D.McDonald's  1987 "Illustrated Dictionary of Aust Birds" says....
"Popular name given to any known raider of chicken-runs, like the brown goshawk, collared sparrowhawk and the brown falcon."
Bob Forsyth,
Mount Isa, NW Qld. 
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