Slightly smaller and neater-looking than the very similar Eurasian Sparrowhawk; also note the dark eye on Levant and yellow eye on Eurasian. In flight, Levant is paler from below with wings that are more pointed and dark-tipped than Eurasian. Silhouette is somewhat similar to a falcon. Females and juveniles show a dark central throat stripe. Breeds in thick forest and scrub. Strongly migratory; often migrates in huge, tight flocks. Feeds on birds, which it catches in rapid low flight.