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Black Sparrowhawk research

Black Sparrowhawk on its nest © Ann Koeslag.

This striking adult Black 
              Sparrowhawk was photographed on 22 July 2009 in one of the pine 
              trees in the Birding Africa office garden © Deirdre Vrancken 
              & Callan Cohen
This adult Black Sparrowhawk was photographed on 22 July 2009. It was feeding in one of the pine trees in the Birding Africa office garden © Deirdre Vrancken & Callan Cohen.

Another adult Black Sparrowhawk was photographed in one of our garden's pine trees on 22 July 2009 (see photo below).

A few days later, on 27 July 2009, the sub-adult male Black Sparrowhawk that visited the garden on the morning of the 11 June was sighted in the garden again! The unique colour-ring combination, (left leg: silver), right leg: (yellow above pink) allowed us to identify and age it!

Ann Koeslag, of the Western Cape Raptor Research Group has now been involved with ringing 130 Black Sparrowhawks and added this sighting also to her database.

How you can help

Read on about previous sightings.

If you find a nest and activity in the area nearby, inform Ann Koeslag.

To find our more and to assist with the project, please contact Ann Koeslag on

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Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders.  We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent.  We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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