Shikra, also known as Little Banded Goshawk, Indian Sparrowhawk, and Little Banded Sparrowhawk is a small powerful predator. They eat lizards, small birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.  Female Shikra is larger than a male Shikra. Adult males have a reddish iris, upper parts are blue-gray and underparts have fine brownish-orange barring. The Iris of females are yellowish and the upper parts are brownish gray. Shikra is a common, widespread resident across Asia and Africa.

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