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 7 April 2020)
  • 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 (Português brasileiro) gavião-miúdo
Czech (Cesky) krahujec americký
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Spurvehøg
Dutch (Nederlands) Amerikaanse Sperwer
Finnish (Suomi) amerikanvarpushaukka
French (Français) Épervier brun
German (Deutsch) Eckschwanzsperber
Italian (Italiano) Sparviero striato americano
Japanese (日本語) アシボソハイタカ [ashibosohaitaka]
Norwegian (Norsk) Tverrhalehauk
Polish (Polski) krogulec zmienny
Russian (русский язык) Полосатый ястреб
Spanish (Español) Azor Rojizo
Swedish (Svenska) Amerikansk sparvhök
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