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Eurasian Sparrowhawk

Common name for a small raptor, with the scientific designation Accipiter nisus. It has a slaty-grey upperside and a barred tail, whilst the its underside is white with faint orange-rufous bars. It belongs to the family Accipitridae and is also known as the Northern Sparrowhawk or simply the Sparrowhawk. It is a resident throughout Europe and northwestern Africa, as well as in the Himalayas, and while it occurs as a breeding summer visitor in most of northern Asia, it is a non-breeding winter visitor in southern and southeastern Asia, as far West as the eastern part of northern Africa. The Eurasian Sparrowhawk has dark brown upperparts and pale underparts, with brown bars on the breast and belly. It has orangey-yellowish eyes, a small bill, short, broad wings, and a long tail, and females are overall larger than males, a phenomena known as reverse sexual dimorphism and typical in birds of prey. In Thailand, this raptor occurs in the northwestern region, and is known as yih-ao nok krajok yai.