Japanese Sparrowhawk
Mizoram, India

 
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New record from mainland India of
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter Gularis)
Mizoram, India
- Sumit Sen

 

 

© Sumit K Sen 2005
Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram
(Note : Composite image of same bird)
 

© Sumit K Sen 2005
Close up of head showing yellow eye ring

Location: Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram; 92013' - 92027' E and 23032' - 23041' N.
Dampa borders Bangladesh in the west and is close to Myanmar (to the east). The lower reaches of Dampa are covered by moist deciduous and evergreen and semi-evergreen forests.
Date and time of sighting: Single observation on 21st February 2005, 14.33 hours
Number of birds sighted: Two, though only one could be photographed.
Observation: Birds seen for a few minutes circling over a clearing at forest edge.
Observed by: Sumit K. Sen
Key identification features: * Tail Pattern and banding; * Short tail; * Darker crown; 
* Yellow eye-ring; * Straight rear margin of wing;  * Shape, colour, underwing and underside marking; * Area seen and time of the year seen.
Identified with the help of: *Desmond Allen; *Bill Clark; *Bikram Grewal; *Bill Harvey; *Krys Kazmierczak; *T. Morioka; *Rishad Naoroji; *Pamela Rasmussen; *N. John Schmitt; *Otani Chikara.

Earlier Indian records: Accipiter Gularis has been conclusively recorded from the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal area of India. There are two previous published continental Indian records  
i) A record of a gularis specimen collected at Dibrugarh (Stevens, 1915) which needs verification
ii) A record of a mist-netted bird from the Vishakapatnam Ghats of Andhra Pradesh dated September 1983 and published by William S. Clark and Bruce M. Beehler in July 1991 which was identified as a gularis in the paper.

 

   
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