Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes, Европейский тювик, Եվրոպական ճնճղաճուռակ
Distribution and biological peculiarities in Armenia: The species occupies the south-eastern Europe, eastern Mediterranean, Caucasus region, and sub-Saharan Africa. The species is monotypic. It is distributed in eastern, central, and southern Armenia; during the breeding season prefers river valleys and wooded gorges, abandoned Walnut (Juglans regia) and Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) orchards, stand of willow (Salix), and scattered groves of trees. The species returns from the wintering ground usually in late April - beginning of May. It breeds on the trees, having from 2 to 5 eggs in the clutch. The fledglings are observed in July. The food of the species are lizards, rodents, large insects, sometimes also small Passerines. Population dynamics: According to the last estimation, population of the species makes from 50 to 100 breeding pairs. Population trend during last ten years demonstrates______________. The most probable reasons are supposed to be ___________________________________.
Conservation Measures: At current the breeding populations of the species are protected in ______________. Parts of the breeding and migratory ranges are included in the Emerald Network, protected under Bern Convention. The proposed conservation measures include increase of Emerald Sites for protection of the species.