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Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: striatus


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This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mesa, Arizona
, British Columbia
Canoga Park, California
San Jose, California
Timnath, Colorado
Big Pine Key, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Montpelier, Idaho
Anna, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Fayette, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Clinton, Maryland
West Bloomfield, Michigan
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Warner, New Hampshire
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Corning, Ohio
Bend, Oregon
Tiller, Oregon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Keller, Texas
Plano, Texas
Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Member Notes:

Neutral Mrs_Ed On Jan 6, 2009, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a) wrote:

Often confused with the Cooper's Hawk.

Neutral Methodical On Feb 19, 2009, Methodical from Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a) wrote:

Yes, this Hawk is very similar to the Coopers but the one difference I've notice, based on research, is that the Sharp Shinned Hawk has a pale stripe over the eyes. So look for that stripe over the eyes.

Neutral natureluvver On Sep 4, 2009, natureluvver from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

As much as I love seeing these hawks on the fence around my yard, it usually means doom for the birds at my bird feeders. Luckily I have some dense bushes that the birds fly into for safety. The hawk usually stays for quite a long time before leaving.

Neutral plantladylin On Feb 21, 2010, plantladylin from South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b) wrote:

The Sharp-shinned Hawk, also called Little Blue Darter, is a beautiful bird that we see in our area from October through May. They are often seen around backyard feeders, not to eat the seeds but rather to dine on the small birds that are present at the feeders. Their diet also consists of small mammals and insects.

The Sharp-shinned Hawk resembles and is often mistaken for the Cooper's Hawk, but is a lot smaller in size than the Cooper's Hawk and has a squared off tail, whereas the Cooper's Hawk tail is more rounded.

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