Sharp-shinned Hawk

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 May 2012
Scientific Name
Accipiter striatus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Accipiter
  • A. striatus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 29 November 2018)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
9.4 to 13.4 inches
16.9 to 22 inches
3.1 to 7.7 ounces


International Names

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