Sparrowhawk chicks

Sparrowhawk chicks.  Photo Denis Johnstone

Sparrowhawk chicks take approximately 30 days to grow before they can leave the nest site. Immediately after hatching they are covered in white down and are more or less helpless. The adult female will continuously brood and feed the chicks during their first week of life. Because male sparrowhawks are smaller they show more rapid development of plumage and body skills. This allows them to compete with the larger female chicks in the nest.