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You call that a bird? This is a bird!

By 23 June 2010 10

hawk

Anna Key has sent in the above pic with the following note:

Had this visitor in my Wanniassa backyard yesterday morning, enjoying a breakfast of what appeared to be a small bird. No idea what it is beyond hawk or falcon. It made a change from the usual collection on mynah birds.

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10 Responses to You call that a bird? This is a bird!
#1
longshanks11:28 am, 23 Jun 10

It’s a Brown Goshawk, accipiter fasciatus. Eats smaller birds, rodents, lizards, etc.

Unfortunately, mynahs are a bit too big for it to take down…

#2
Skidbladnir11:34 am, 23 Jun 10

Brown goshawk?
http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Accipiter-fasciatus

When I lived in Gowrie, one of them was obsessed by the local caged budgies, so reached through the cage mesh and then ripped the budgies into pieces while they were still in their cage so it could extract the pieces and eat them.
Fascinating to watch over breakfast.

#3
Thumper11:38 am, 23 Jun 10

Peregrine falcon I believe…

#4
Sammy2:09 pm, 23 Jun 10

Yep, looks more like a Peregrine Falcon to me.

Goshawks aren’t as stocky and have a more wiry frame, like this one in my backyard in Chisholm:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2315/2231677077_deb5c0229c_b.jpg

#5
Buzz26002:36 pm, 23 Jun 10

Brown Goshawk or Collared Sparrow Hawk, depending on size and a couple of other things… twitchers on this site will know.

Either way, brilliant to see it in the neighbourhood. Hopefully it was preying on those nasty Mynah birds, saving the good people of the Canberra Indian Mynah Bird Action Group some work.

#6
gp5:14 pm, 23 Jun 10

I had the same bird, if not a close relative of it, at my place near Wanniassa. It spent an hour trying to reach a Mynah I caught that morning in a RSPCA approved/Mynah Action Group designed trap. As with budgies, when it did finally get a grip on the Mynah, there were only little pieces left…

A beautiful bird, and it was fantastic to see in the suburbs.

#7
hek625:23 pm, 23 Jun 10

African or European ?

#8
andy pandy5:42 pm, 23 Jun 10

And there I was thinking it was a Millennium Falcon

#9
Pork Hunt6:41 pm, 23 Jun 10

Longreach by the sound of it…

#10
toriness7:55 am, 24 Jun 10

what a fine specimen! i love the birdlife in canberra.

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