"A shikra eating a sparrow on an Indian Drumstick tree. The Shikra or Little Banded Goshawk (Accipiter badius) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae and it also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers. The Shikra is a widespread resident breeder throughout south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. It nests in trees, building a new nest each year. It lays 3--7 eggs. The adult Shikra has pale grey upper parts and is white, barred reddish below. Its hunting technique is very similar to that of other small hawks such as the Sparrowhawk or the Sharp-shinned Hawk, relying on surprise as it flies from a hidden perch or flicks over a bush to catch its prey unaware.The prey is lizards, dragonflies, and small birds and mammals.
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