Collared SparrowhawkScientific name: Accipiter cirrhocephalus

Meaning of name: Accipiter is Latin for hawk. Cirrhocephalus is from the Greek words cirros, meaning tawny, and cephale, meaning head.

Aboriginal name: Djilildjili (chill’chill’ee).

Distribution: Widespread across Australia but absent from the sandy desert areas.

Description: Up to 40cm long with a wingspan of 80cm.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 110km. The oldest bird recorded was recovered 4 years 8.7 months after being banded (information as at 14 June 2012).

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme