The Shikra is a small bird of prey found widely across Asia and Africa. The Shikra is very similar in appearance to other sparrowhawk species.The Shikra was a favourite among falconers in India and Pakistan due to the ease with it could be trained and was frequently used to procure food for the more prized falcons. This was taken in the Gir National Forest in Gujarat, India.

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