Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Shikra (Accipiter badius) - HBW 2, p. 146

French: Épervier shikra German: Schikrasperber Spanish: Gavilán Chikra
Other common names: Little Banded Goshawk

Taxonomy: Falco badius Gmelin, 1788, Sri Lanka.
Forms superspecies with A. butleri and A. brevipes, and perhaps also A. soloensis and A. francesii. Formerly considered conspecific with A. brevipes; sometimes considered to include A. butleri. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cenchroides (Severtsov, 1873) - Azerbaijan E to Kazakhstan and Iran E to NW India, migrating further S in winter.
  • dussumieri (Temminck, 1824) - C India and Bangladesh.
  • badius (Gmelin, 1788) - SW India and Sri Lanka.

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  • cenchroides (Severtsov, 1873) - Azerbaijan E to Kazakhstan and Iran E to NW India, migrating further S in winter.
  • dussumieri (Temminck, 1824) - C India and Bangladesh.
  • badius (Gmelin, 1788) - SW India and Sri Lanka.
  • poliopsis (Hume, 1874) - NE India E to S China, S to Thailand and Vietnam.
  • sphenurus (Rüppell, 1836) - Senegambia E to SW Arabia, S to N Zaire and N Tanzania.
  • polyzonoides A. Smith, 1838 - S Zaire and S Tanzania to N South Africa.