Shikra…the cute Bird
The shikra (Accipiter badius) 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 shikra is very similar in appearance to other sparrowhawk species including the Chinese goshawk and Eurasian sparrowhawk. They have a sharp two note call and have the typical flap and glide flight.
The shikra is found in a range of habitats including forests, farmland and urban areas. They are usually seen singly or in pairs.
Their flight usually draws alarms among smaller birds and squirrels. They feed on rodents (including Meriones hurrianae), squirrels, small birds, small reptiles (mainly lizards but sometimes small snakes and insects.
Mostly Babblers have been observed to rally together to drive away a shikra.
Just another beautiful bird from our Planet and may be one day if we all won’t be conscious enough to preserve the lost NATURE they may perish soon.
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A wonderful write up of the cute little bird…. Shikra….
Thanks a lot dear