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[Photo] Shikra Accipiter badius (Male). Date July 28, 2007. Author Ravi Vaidyanathan.
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) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae
which also includes many other diurnal raptor
s such as eagles, buzzard
s and harrier
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.
This bird is a small raptor
(26-30cm) with short broad wings and a long tail, both adaptations to fast manoeuvring. The normal flight of this species is a characteristic "flap ??? flap ??? glide".
The adult Shikra
has pale grey upperparts, and is white, finely barred reddish below. Sexes are similar except that female is larger than the male. The juvenile is brown above and white, spotted with brown below. It has a barred tail.
is a bird of open woodland including savannah and cultivation. Its hunting technique is similar to other small hawk
s such as Sparrowhawk
, A. nisus, or Sharp-shinned Hawk
, A. striatus, 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.
coaster at Busch Gardens Africa, SheiKra, was named after this bird. In the computer game PRISM: Guard Shield by Rival Interactive & Rebellion Studios (and sponsored by the US Army National Guard) the primary sniper rifle is named the Shikra
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