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Accipiter butleri (J.H. Gurney, Jr., 1898) – Nicobar Sparrowhawk

Taxonomic Notes:

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

This rare endemic species is found in the Nicobar Islands. It inhabits tropical forests of the islands from the sea level up to 100m. It forages on arthropods and lizards (BirdLife International 2016). 

Conservation Status:   

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population estimate of 2,500-5,000 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to agriculture and other human encroachments (BirdLife International 2016).

BirdLife International 2016. Accipiter butleri . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22695494A93512023. Accessed on 07 February 2020.

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Bhavanarayeni, R., and A. Bayani. 2023. Accipiter butleri (J.H. Gurney, Jr., 1898) – Nicobar Sparrowhawk. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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