Swainson's hawk


Swain·​son's hawk ˈswān(t)-sənz- How to pronounce Swainson's hawk (audio)
: a buteo (Buteo swainsonii) chiefly of western North America and South America having pointed wings and usually a dark breast

Examples of Swainson's hawk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearly 100 of those species were native birds, like the Swainson's hawk. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 1 Oct. 2020

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Word History


William Swainson †1855 English naturalist

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Swainson's hawk was in 1895

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“Swainson's hawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Swainson%27s%20hawk. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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