Definition of shikra in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHikrə/


A small, stocky sparrow hawk found in Africa and central and southern Asia.
  • Genus Accipiter, family Accipitridae: two species, in particular the widespread A. badius
Example sentences
  • A short walk along the naval base yielded many interesting bird species including a pair of common grey hornbills, spotted owlets, small minivets, shikra and Common Iora.
  • A shikra was seen at its usual hideout along the treeline.
  • The ashy drongo does a wonderful call imitation of the shikra, but one such mimic spoilt the effect somewhat by hunting down a butterfly and making a messy job of de-winging it before breakfasting.


Mid 19th century: from Persian and Urdu šikara.

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