Tag: Accipiter nisus

Causes and consequences of breeding dispersal in the Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) Science Article 1 abstract Sparrowhawks Accipiter nisus were present on particular territories for only one breeding season, but others were present on the same territory for up to eight seasons. Short periods of occupancy were due partly to mortality and partly to about one third of surviving birds of both sexes changing […]

A test of the condition-bias hypothesis yields different results for two species of sparrowhawks (Accipiter)A Test Of The Condition-Bias Hypothesis Yields Different Results For Two Species Of Sparrowhawks (Accipizter)

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) Science Article 2 abstract Determination of body condition of birds is important for many field studies. However, when using trapping methods based on food as a lure, the sample of trapped birds could be biased toward individuals in poor physical condition. We provide information on body mass, body condition, and sex and […]


Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) Science Article 5 abstract No significant diurnal variation in mean weight was detected in trapped European Sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus). Weights of males fluctuated rather little through the year, but were highest in March and lowest in August. During the breeding cycle, males lost weight slightly in the prelay/early laying periods, when they […]

Age-related trends in the breeding success of individual female Sparrowhawks Accipiter nisus

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) Science Article 4 abstract Overall, female Sparrowhawks improved in the mean number of young they raised per year up to the 5th year of life, and then declined. An attempt is made to find to what extent this mean trend is caused by similar trends in the breeding of individual females, and […]

The abundance of essential vitamins in food chains and its impacton avian reproduction

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) Science Article 3 abstract Birds produce fewer or less viable eggs if the micro-nutrient requirements for reproduction cannot be met. Forexample, embryos from failed eggs of European sparrowhawks Accipiter nisus often show anomalies that indicate vitamin B2deficiency. B2 is only produced by plants and is propagated through the food chain. Here, egg […]