- sparring partner,
Origin of sparrow hawk
Examples from the Web for sparrow hawk
The sparrow-hawk, like the small falcons, requires small birds.
In these larch and spruce-fir woods, many old nests of the Sparrow-hawk might be seen, the deserted tenements of years and years.Among the Birds in Northern Shires|Charles Dixon
The Sparrow-hawk is a larger and fiercer bird, and the one that preys most frequently on chickens.Mamma's Stories about Birds|Anonymous (AKA the author of "Chickseed without Chickweed")
When there was occasion to select a symbol, he effaced himself and chose the eagle; modesty of a sparrow-hawk!Napoleon the Little|Victor Hugo
The sparrow-hawk is hooded, while the goshawk is not, being of a less excitable nature.Jungle Folk|Douglas Dewar