Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Breeds in open woods of eastern, northern and western North America. On migration, concentrates in a few locations on the Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. Winters throughout the United States except for the northern Great Plains.
Length 9-13 inches
Wingspan 17-22 inches
Weight 3-8 ounces
Deciduous or mixed woods; conifers.
Almost exclusively small birds.
Smaller cousin of the Cooper's Hawk; however, not as adaptable as the Cooper's Hawk, either in diet or in habitat selection. Numbers have been in decline for many years, possibly due to loss of habitat or a diminishing prey base. Appear similar to a Cooper's Hawk in the field, but are smaller and have a square-tipped tail, unlike the Cooper's round-tipped tail. Aggressive avian predators, often found near bird feeders. High strung, and require special care in rehabilitation. Extremely quick and maneuverable birds, out-flying their prey. Female is substantially bigger than the male, which is about the size of a North American Kestrel. Series of four bands on tail.