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Accipiter striatus

Common Names: Sharp-Shinned Hawk,
Accipiter striatus
Accipiter striatus

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: Accipiter striatus

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The Sharp-Shinned Hawk is a small raptor, reaching 11 inches and length and just under 2 feet in wingspan. Their wings and back are mostly grey, with a rusty breast barred with white.

Habitat & Range

Sharp Shinned Hawks are widespread throughout the Americas, breeding throughout much of North America, and migrating south throuughout Central and South America.

Hawks occupy woodlands and shrubby areas, nesting in trees.


Sharp Shinned Hawks ambush their prey from the air, feeding on a variety of small songbirds, rodents, reptiles, and amphibians.

Life Cycle

Sharp-Shinned Hawks nest in coniferous and decidious trees in deep forest cover, constructing their platform nests from twigs and bark. They lay clutches of 3-8 eggs,incubating them for a little over a month. Young hawks fledge after 3-4 weeks.

Featured image by Derrick Bakken


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