A sparrowhawk crash-landed in Hougang

posted in: Raptors, Rescue | 3


A bird flew onto the balcony of Daniel Koh’s apartment in Hougang on the night of 17th January 2008 at around 2200 hours. The bird did not appear to be physically hurt but in shock. Daniel kept it overnight in a large cage for observations.

Initially thought to be a cuckoo, Daniel soon realized that it was a raptor, from the looks of the claws. He later identified it as a Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis).

The next morning the bird appeared restless and so it was released at around 1400 hours at Lorong Halus. Once released, it immediately flew towards the secondary forest where it disappeared.

This is a common winter visitor and passage migrant. The bird could probably be tired and disorientated after its long flight from the north and crashed onto the balcony. Or it may be chasing a prey…?

The sparrowhawk breeds in East Russia, Southeast Siberia, Japan and China. It migrates southward from late September to December to winter in Southeast Asia. From mid-March to mid-April it moves back north.

Daniel Koh
January 2008
(Images by Daniel Koh and Chan Yoke Meng)

3 Responses

  1. Robert DeCandido


    What was the Sparrowhawk doing flying at night!

    Here in NYC we have Peregrine Falcons hunting birds at night.

    This is a very interesting – more and more “diurnal” raptors are being seen occasionally (sometimes often) active at night.

    Best Wishes,

    Robert DeCandido

  2. hougang

    […] meet ups at Hougang Mrt station (all day of the week) or, Ngee Ann polytechnic (weekdays only) …Bird Ecology Study Group A sparrowhawk crash-landed in HougangName (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website. XHTML: You can use these tags: […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.