Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Falconiformes > Family: Accipitridae > Genus: Accipiter > Species: Accipiter nisus granti

Sparrowhawk (Canarian-Madeirian subspecies) - Accipiter nisus granti Sharpe, 1890

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU Population status
Near threatened
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 6 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 14 are designated for this species
Valid parent species Accipiter nisus
Breeding habitats
  • woodland and forest
Natura 2000 species code A401


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Threat and EU population status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.


Not evaluated


Least Concern


Not evaluated

EU population status

The status of the population at the EU level was evaluated at the species level; this was based on the reports delivered by Member States under Article 12 of the Birds Directive (see fact sheet below). The EU status assessment can cover several subspecies/subspecific population units. For more information, please consult the species fact sheet and link below.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered
Population status categories for bird species under the Birds Directive
Near Threatened, declining or depleted
Threatened (i.e. vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, regionally extinct)
Unknown or not evaluated

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
ES0000043 Spain Caldera de Taburiente Map
ES0000044 Spain Garajonay Map
ES0000095 Spain Tigaiga Map
ES0000103 Spain El Hierro Map
ES0000106 Spain Teno Map
ES0000107 Spain Montes y cumbre de Tenerife Map
ES0000109 Spain Anaga Map
ES0000114 Spain Cumbres y acantilados del norte de La Palma Map
PTMAD0001 Portugal Laurissilva da Madeira Map
PTMAD0002 Portugal Maciço Montanhoso Central da Ilha da Madeira Map
PTMAD0005 Portugal Achadas da Cruz Map
PTZPE0041 Portugal Maciço Montanhoso Oriental da Ilha da Madeira Map
ITB022212 Italy Supramonte di Oliena, Orgosolo e Urzulei - Su Sercone Map
ES0000346 Spain Tamadaba Map

Protected sites

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Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 30 November 2009, on the conservation of wild birds (EU Birds Directive)
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) (All species of Falconiformes)

Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention lists the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures [and the designation of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCIs) forming for the Emerald network]
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention) (Migratory species of Accipitridae)
Memorandum of understanding on the conservation of migratory birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia - under Bonn Convention (MoU Raptors)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (Falconiformes spp.)
Commission regulation (EU) No 1320/2014, of 1 December 2014, amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (EU regulation of trade of fauna and flora)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Épervier d'Europe (sous-espèce des Canaries et de Madère) French EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Fura-bardos Portuguese EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Gavilán canario Spanish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Sparrowhawk (Canarian-Madeirian subspecies) English EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Sparvhök (underart från Kanarieöarma och Madeira) Swedish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Sparviere (sottospecie delle Canarie e di Madera) Italian EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Sperber (Unterart der Kanaren und Madeiras) German EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Sperwer (ondersoort van de Canarische eilanden en Madeira) Dutch EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Spurvehøg (underart fra De Kanariske Øer og Madeira) Danish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Varpushaukka (alalaji Kanaria ja Madeira) Finnish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
No synonyms available.

Other resources

Bird action plan
Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure

External data

No external data sets available for this species
European Environment Agency (EEA)
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