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sparrow hawk

noun
1.
a small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.
Origin of sparrow hawk
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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  • “And scared him fit to die before she could get him to come along,” sparrowhawk observed.

    Adventure Jack London
  • Mr. Knox has an interesting anecdote of a sparrowhawk at Burton.

  • All at once a vague form stood out from the top of the fort, and the cry of the sparrowhawk echoed through the air.

    The Trappers of Arkansas Gustave Aimard
  • Now the first who went to take the hand of the woman was sparrowhawk.

    Seven Mohave Myths A. L. Kroeber
  • He was once severely handled by a sparrowhawk, and often he was chased and worried by kingbirds.

    Wild Animals I Have Known Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Let the Bounding Panther and the sparrowhawk be introduced to our presence.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • sparrowhawk made a gesture of delight at this unexpected success.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • There was a lengthened silence; sparrowhawk was the first to break it.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • This time the note of the sparrowhawk was mingled almost instantaneously with that of the jay.

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
  • The sparrowhawk of the ornithologist is much feared by small birds.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
British Dictionary definitions for sparrowhawk

sparrowhawk

/ˈspærəʊˌhɔːk/
noun
1.
any of several small hawks, esp Accipiter nisus, of Eurasia and N Africa that prey on smaller birds

sparrow hawk

noun
1.
a very small North American falcon, Falco sparverius, that is closely related to the kestrels
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