What do sparrowhawks look like?

Sparrowhawks have broad round wings, long tails and browny-orange stripes on a white belly. They also have yellow legs and sharp talons.

Male sparrowhawk.  Photo by Lorne Gill
Male Sparrowhawk
Female sparrowhawk.  Photo by Ian Todd
Female Sparrowhawk with chicks

You can tell the difference between males and females as the female is 25% bigger than the male and has a white stripe over her eye. Also, the male has a more slate grey back whereas the female has a brown back.

Immature males look rather like females, but are quite a bit smaller.

Juvenile male sparrowhawk.  Photo Lorne Gill
Juvenile male sparrowhawk

In flight the rounded wings and long tail are conspicuous.