Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk (Accipiter rufiventris) - HBW 2, p. 158

French: Épervier menu German: Rotbauchsperber Spanish: Gavilán Papirrufo
Other common names: Red-breasted/Rufous-chested/Rufous Sparrowhawk

Taxonomy: Accipiter rufiventris A. Smith, 1830, South Africa.
Forms superspecies with A. nisus (with which often considered conspecific), A. madagascariensis and perhaps the A. striatus complex. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • perspicillaris (Rüppell, 1836) - Ethiopian highlands.
  • rufiventris A. Smith, 1830 - Kenya and E Zaire S to South Africa.

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