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Sharp-Shinned Hawk

 
Juvenile
  Adult

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2000

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus); Smaller proportionally than the Cooper's Hawk and has a shorter, squared tail that often appears notched when folded. The head and neck appear smaller than the Cooper's Hawk. It can be difficult to distinquish between a Male Cooper's Hawk and a Female Sharp-shinned Hawk on size alone because they are often about the same. Generally, if the tail is straight across and the head doesn't appear extended beyond the wings when in flight, it is a Sharpie. L 10-14" W 20-28" Sharp-shinned Hawks prey on small birds and can be found mainly in mixed woodlands. They usually migrate singly or in small flocks.


The Sharp-shinned Hawk's eyes are much larger relative to their overall head size than those of Cooper's Hawks. This is an adult male Sharp-shinned hawk.

 

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2002


Juvenile Female (left) and Juvenile Male (right) Sharp-shinned Hawks
Notice the size difference between sexes

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2001


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