sparrow hawk

sparrow hawk


Definition of SPARROW HAWK

:  any of various small hawks: as
a :  an Old World accipiter (Accipiter nisus) that is dark gray to blackish above with the female having a grayish-brown barred underside and the male having a chestnut barred underside
b :  kestrel b

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First Known Use of SPARROW HAWK

15th century

sparrow hawk

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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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