Collared Sparrowhawk & Galahs

Subject: Collared Sparrowhawk & Galahs
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 12:13:16 +1000
I must review the email (below) which I sent in (last Monday, I think it was) -- I've found the following sentence in Pizzey&Knight: The Collared Sparrowhawk "lacks [the Brown G]oshawk's heavily barred second-year imm. plumage, moulting straight from juv. to adult plumage." This means that the bird I saw 'chasing' Galahs must have been an immature male Brown Goshawk, rather than the immature female Collared Sparrowhawk I had deduced it to be from all other diagnostics provided in various guidebooks. And this, I guess, also makes it even more likely that the pursuit of the Galahs was seriously with a meal in mind. Thanks to all who replied! Many of you thought it likely (even for a Collared Sparrowhawk...).



Twice the other day a second-year female Collared Sparrowhawk (according to the guidebooks) 'went for' a Galah, appearing to single one out of a small group. Was this bird just 'practising', or is it possible they'd go for such large prey?


Judith L-A
S-E Qld

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