sparrow hawk

sparrow hawk
1. a small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.
[1400-50; late ME]

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Small hawk (usually genus Accipiter, family Accipitridae), found in Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Sparrow hawks are gray above, barred-white below, and sometimes have white tail bars. They eat insects and small birds and mammals. The American kestrel is also called sparrow hawk.

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