Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Nicobar Sparrowhawk (Accipiter butleri) - HBW 2, p. 146

French: Épervier des Nicobar German: Nikobarensperber Spanish: Gavilán de Nicobar
Other common names: Nicobar Shikra, Car Nicobar Shikra.

Taxonomy: Astur butleri Gurney, 1898, Car Nicobar.
Sometimes considered a race of A. badius, but is quite different in plumage, especially that of juveniles; in structure, being short winged; and in choice of habitat, a denizen of the upper storeys of forest. Most authorities now consider this a separate species. Forms superspecies with A. badius and A. brevipes. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • butleri (Gurney, 1898) - Car Nicobar I (N Nicobar Is).
  • obsoletus Richmond, 1902 - Katchall I and possibly Camorta I (C Nicobar Is).

  • Vulnerable
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