Frances's Sparrowhawk (Accipiter francesii) - HBW 2, p. 149
French: Épervier de Frances
Spanish: Gavilán de Frances
Other common names: Madagascar/Malagasy Goshawk, Frances's/France's Goshawk, France's Sparrowhawk
Taxonomy: Accipiter Francesii A. Smith, 1834, Madagascar.
Perhaps forms superspecies with A. badius, A. brevipes, A. butleri and A. soloensis. The three races of Comoros Is have been considered to constitute a separate species, on grounds mainly of much smaller size. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- francesii A. Smith, 1834 - Madagascar.
- griveaudi Benson, 1960 - Ngadzidja (Grand Comoro), Comoro Is.
- pusillus (Gurney, 1875) - Ndzuani (Anjouan), Comoro Is.
- brutus (Schlegel, 1866) - Maore (Mayotte), Comoro Is.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird on a branch, looking around. Locality Ampijoroa Forest Station, Ankarafantsika National Park, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar (ssp francesii)
Paul Clarke 1 October 2011 45 weeks ago 30 sec 4.5
A bird perched on a branch. Locality Andasibe (Perinet)-Mantadia National Park, Toamasina Province, Madagascar (ssp francesii)
Paul Clarke 18 September 2011 50 weeks ago 24 sec 4.4
A bird filmed from the terrace of the restaurant Locality Ankarafantsika National Park, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar (ssp francesii)
herve jacob 18 September 2008 4 years ago 9 sec 3.8
Locality Masoala National Park, Madagascar
Dubi Shapiro 3 November 2010 1 year ago 4.4
Perched on a branch in the woods next to the tent area.
Locality Ampijoroa Forest Station, Ankarafantsika National Park, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar
Lee Hunter 24 September 2012 10 weeks ago 3.8
A female perched.
Locality Tsimbazaza Zoo, Antananarivo, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar (ssp francesii)
Josep del Hoyo 29 November 1996 42 weeks ago 3
High up in the tree, on the edge of the rainforest
Locality Masoala National Park, Madagascar (ssp francesii)
Photo-ay 30 July 2009 3 years ago 3
A male in a tree.
Locality Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar (ssp francesii)
Josep del Hoyo 21 November 1996 42 weeks ago 2.3
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