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Sparrowhawk and Tree Sparrows

Sparrowhawk and Tree Sparrows


Sparrowhawk swooping down on three tree sparrows fleeing a tree. Mounted on rectangular polished wooden base.

All carvings are original and this carving has now been sold. Please use the Contact Us link to request a similar carving.

  • Height: 40 cm
  • Width: 30 cm

Each painted piece is carved by hand. A pyrograph tool is then used to give texture to feathers. Finally the piece is carefully painted with acrylic watercolour.

Sparrowhawks are small birds of prey. They're adapted for hunting birds in confined spaces like dense woodland, so gardens are ideal hunting grounds for them. Adult male sparrowhawks have bluish-grey back and wings and orangey-brown bars on their chest and belly. Females and young birds have brown back and wings, and brown bars underneath. Sparrowhawks have bright yellow or orangey eyes, long, yellow legs and long talons. 

The tree sparrow is smaller than a house sparrow and is more active, with its tail almost permanently cocked. It has a chestnut brown head and nape (rather than grey), and white cheeks and collar with a contrasting black cheek spot. They are shyer than house sparrows in the UK and are not associated with man, although in continental Europe they often nest in buildings just like house sparrows.



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