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sharp-shinned hawk

[shahrp-shind] /ˈʃɑrpˌʃɪnd/
a North American hawk, Accipiter striatus, having extremely slender legs, a bluish-gray back, and a white, rusty-barred breast.
Origin of sharp-shinned hawk
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Cooper's hawk having a rounded tail with whitish tip, and the sharp-shinned hawk a square tail.

  • The sharp-shinned hawk is brave and full of dash and spirit.

  • The sparrow hawk and the sharp-shinned hawk may visit the vicinity to feed upon the other feeders.

    Bird Day; How to prepare for it Charles Almanzo Babcock
  • The sparrow might as well dodge its own shadow as to dodge the sharp-shinned hawk.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • I have seen jays tease the sharp-shinned hawk in this way, and escape his retaliating blows by darting into a cedar-tree.

  • A small Falcon, about 11 inches long, often confused with the sharp-shinned hawk, but much darker and a more stoutly built bird.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Evidently the swifts mistook the buzzard's shadow for that of the sharp-shinned hawk.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The sharp-shinned hawk rarely attacks full-grown poultry, but preys heavily on young chickens and song birds.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • A small Falcon, similar to the sharp-shinned hawk, but a much darker and stouter built bird.

    Western Bird Guide Chester A. (Chester Albert) Reed, Harry F. Harvey, and Rex I. Brasher
  • What journal do the persimmon and the buckeye keep, and the sharp-shinned hawk?

    Excursions and Poems Henry David Thoreau

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