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Besra Accipiter virgatus affinis   - Juvenile in flight
Photographer : © Jainy Kuriakose
Location :Mangan, North Sikkim, India
Date : 16 November 2014
English synonyms:Besra Sparrowhawk, Philippine Sparrowhawk, Asiatic Sparrowhawk, Lesser Sparrowhawk
Bird Family :Accipitrinae - Hawks, Bazas, Honey-buzzards, Eagles, Kites, Vultures, Harriers & Buzzards
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Hans Peeters comments: This certainly is a juvenile Besra - obvious broad, dark tail bands, clear mesial line, and in one of the take-off pictures, one can even see the heavily marked leg feathers ("pants"). Not an easy species of which to get such good pictures. It's likely a female, judging by the relatively small head.