Bird Pictures Archive

Record details

   [ Record 17 of 374 ]   
BirdPix:   10709
Province:   KwaZulu-Natal
Country:   South Africa
Locus:   2930DD
Observer:   Jackson Mike
Date of record:   2014-09-15
Number of photos:   3
Notes:   Stand off between Spotted Eagle Owl pair and a Black sparrowhawk that poached a springhare from under their noses. The Owls gave chase and the sparrowhawk dropped the prey at cricket practice nets in school grounds, but was not about to let the male owl (on the ground) take it. The female faced the sparrowhawk until it swooped down to retrieve its prey and she chased it into a tree right in front of me, attacking it tallons first. The sparrowhawk took the barrage of attacks until it flew off with prey in tact.
Last updated:   2020-12-03 11:24:41
Sp. code:   159
Species name:   Accipiter melanoleucus
Common name:   Black Sparrowhawk (Goshawk) -- Swartsperwer
Family:   Accipitridae
Record status:   ACCEPTED
Collector's species id:   Black Sparrowhawk
Institution:   ADU-UCT
Record URL:
Links:   • Locus: Summary | Records       • Species: Records | Distribution map
VM-number: 10709 - photo: 1
VM-number: 10709 - photo: 2
VM-number: 10709 - photo: 3

Comments by the Expert Panel on this record:

Comment number:   1
By:   Malcolm Robinson
Date:   2014-09-28 18:30:06
Species name:   Accipiter melanoleucus -- Black Sparrowhawk (Goshawk); Swartsperwer
Species code:   159

[ Page served: April 16, 2024, 03:33 +0200]

The Biodiversity and Development Institute (BDI)
The FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town
This work, except photographs, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Copyright of images uploaded into the Virtual Museum remains with the photographers.

The Biodiversity and Development Institute (BDI)          The Biodiversity and Development Institute (BDI)          The FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology          UCT