Urban Shikra Female
I took this picture last year, 31st Dec,2013 to be precise :D
While I was getting ready for work, I heard squeaking of this bird. I rushed to the roof top to see for myself what the commotion was for only to witness this chap with a prey.
Moments later, his partner joined in, but I could not take their picture together.
I have seen female Shikra, picking up snails every now & then during Monsoon and also seen a kill. But this is the first time I saw and heard them communicating.
Its pretty amazing to see these fine birds adapting quite quickly to urban areas.
The Shikra is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae found widely distributed in Asia and Africa where it is also called the Little Banded Goshawk. The African forms may represent a separate species but have usually been considered as subspecies of the Shikra. The Shikra is very similar in appearance to other sparrowhawk species including the Chinese Goshawk and Eurasian Sparrowhawk. They have a sharp two note call and have the typical flap and glide flight. Their calls are imitated by.. more