Sparrowhawk survival

Sparrowhawk survival

On average sparrowhawks live to be around 2.7 years, this isn't very long compared with other birds of prey. A third of adult sparrowhawks die each year, and only a third of the young birds survive until they are able to breed. Sparrowhawk survival depends on the available food supply. The fact that Edinburgh has a breeding sparrowhawk population tells us that there is enough green space as well as healthy songbird populations and associated biodiversity to support the breeding population. This is something we should be proud of. Survival also depends on how good the parents are at raising the chicks as well as the weather conditions.