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About the Sharp-shinned Hawk

Also known as: Sharpshin, Sharpie

The Sharp-shinned Hawk is the smallest species of hawk found in North America. It is an Accipter, a family of birds that includes the Northern Goshawk and the Cooper's Hawk. In this species, females are typically about one third larger and heavier than male birds.

Sharp-shinned Hawks, also called "sharpies," feed primarily on birds, mostly caught on the wing. They pluck their prey before consuming it.

Sharp-shinned Hawks are resident birds in part of their range, while some birds migrate. They breed as far north as Alaska. Some birds winter deep into Central America.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 May 2012
Scientific Name Accipiter striatus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Accipiter
  • A. striatus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
9.4 to 13.4 inches
16.9 to 22 inches
3.1 to 7.7 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • gavião-miúdo (Brazilian)
  • krahujec americký (Czech)
  • Amerikansk Spurvehøg (Danish)
  • Amerikaanse Sperwer (Dutch)
  • amerikanvarpushaukka (Finnish)
  • Épervier brun (French)
  • Eckschwanzsperber (German)
  • Sparviero striato americano (Italian)
  • アシボソハイタカ [ashibosohaitaka] (Japanese)
  • Tverrhalehauk (Norwegian)
  • krogulec zmienny (Polish)
  • Полосатый ястреб (Russian)
  • Azor Rojizo (Spanish)
  • Amerikansk sparvhök (Swedish)

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