Sharp-shinned Hawk

(Accipiter striatus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant, uncommon breeder

Habitat

Forests, especially dense, moist coniferous forests; large woodlots; and bogs

Size

Male:

10″ to 12″ in length

20″ to 24″wingspan

Female:

12″ to 14″ in length

24″ to 28″wingspan


Identification

This is a small hawk, the size of an American Robin (male) or Rock Pigeon (female). The cap and upper parts are bluish-gray. The underparts are white with thin, horizontal, reddish-brown barring. Immature individuals are brown above with dark brown, vertical streaks on the breast and belly. The tail is relatively long and square at the end with a broad terminal band. It is bluish-gray above with black bars, pale below with dark bars.

 
Voice

A high-pitched kik-kik-kik-kik lasting 2 to 4 seconds.

 
Similar
Species

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) is larger, 15″ to 19″ in length. The tail is square at the end and has a wider terminal band.


Food

Small birds

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

March to mid-May and August to November.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Falconiformes

 

Family:

Accipitridae

 

Subfamily:

Accipitrinae

 
Subordinate Taxa

Hispaniola Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus striatus)

Mexican Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus suttoni)

Northern Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus velox)

Northwest Coast Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus perobscurus)

Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus venator)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus fringilloides)

 

The following South American subspecies are often treated treated as separate species based on morphology, geographic isolation, “and probably behaviour”.

White-breasted Hawk (Accipiter striatus chionogaster = Accipiter chionogaster)

White-breasted Hawk (Accipiter striatus madrensis = Accipiter chionogaster madrensis)

Plain-breasted Hawk (Accipiter striatus ventralis = Accipiter ventralis)

Rufous-thighed Hawk (Accipiter striatus erythronemius = Accipiter erythronemius)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Sharp-shinned Hawk in flight
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Published on Jul 22, 2015

The Sharp-shinned Hawk is a very small, stocky raptor of woodland habitats throughout North America. Like other Accipiters, this species ambushes its songbird prey (often at backyard bird feeders), and uses short, rounded wings to quickly maneuever through dense vegetation. Although secretive during the summer, this species is easily observed during the autumn as it passes over established "hawk watch" sites on its southbound migration.

ML Video #407574.

Recorded by Timothy Barksdale.

For more bird videos and sounds, explore the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology visit: http://macaulaylibrary.org

For additional identification and life history information visit: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sharp-shinned_hawk/id

 
     
  KIBS: Sharp-shinned Hawk
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Published on Nov 12, 2013

Kiawah Island bird banders take a moment to share the remarkable adaptations of a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Check out our blog at: http://kiawahislandbanding.blogspot.com/

 
     
  Sharp-shinned Hawk
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Uploaded on Feb 23, 2011

Sharp-shinned hawk video recorded by George Jameson.

 
     
  Sharpshin hawk (Accipiter striatus)
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Published on Feb 8, 2013

 
     
  Sharp Dancing
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Uploaded on Jan 14, 2008

A male sharp-shinned hawk ( Accipiter striatus )torments house sparrows caught in a trap as he attempts to get a feathery snack on a sunny winter's day on the Colorado prairie. Learn more about the Raptor Education Foundation at www.usaref.org. Thank you.

 
     

 

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