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Shikra

Posted by sylvester alphonso on September 12, 2022 at 8:57 pm
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A bird of prey that likes to occupy a high vantage point such as a leafy branch from where it can swoop down and catch its prey. Avoids heavy forest, preferring more open wooded country often the groves of large trees. Flies close to the ground with rapid wing beats. The diet consists of smaller birds as well as squirrels mice and lizards.

Shikra is a small hawk with pale grey head and white underparts barred with orange brown. The larger female has brown wash to upperparts and yellow eyes instead of red. The juvenile is brown above and white below with brown spots. It has a loud call.