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.