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Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
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Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

General Description: Sharp-shinned Hawks (Accipiter striatus) are medium-sized hawks of the forest. The tail is long and banded, and the wings are short and rounded, attributes that help when flying through tree branches hunting other birds. Adults have a red, barred breast and reddish wing linings; juveniles have a striped breast. The long tail has square corners (compare with the larger Cooper's Hawk).

Taxonomy: Accipitriformes, Accipitridae.

Favored Habitat: Forests and other places with trees.

Where to Find: Fairly uncommon, usually seen hunting in riparian areas and mountain forests.

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Adult Sharp-shinned Hawk
Comments: Can be difficult to separate from Cooper's Hawks because the basically look alike. However, Cooper's are larger, about the size of a crow; Sharp-shins are smaller, about the size of a Western Scrub-jay. Size can be a problem because there is some overlap (large female Sharpies can be a big as a small male Cooper). In flight, the tail corners are diagnostic: Cooper's are rounded, Sharp-shins are square.
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

If you were a tasty little bird like a finch or a sparrow, this might be the last face you'll ever see!

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Adult Sharp-shinned Hawk (note the red-barred breast)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Adult Sharp-shinned Hawk (note square tail)
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Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
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Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Note the red eye
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Eating breakfast on my lawn at the expense of an Inca Dove
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Subadult Sharp-shinned Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Subadult Sharp-shinned Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Subadult Sharp-shinned Hawk; note very long, square tail
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Subadult Sharp-shinned Hawk
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Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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