sharp-shinned hawk

\ˈshärp-ˈshind- \

Definition of sharp-shinned hawk 

: a common widely distributed American accipiter (Accipiter striatus) that is grayish above, has a chestnut breast, short rounded wings, and a tail with a notched or square tip when folded

called also sharp-shin

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All accipiters, including the sharp-shinned hawk, and its close relative the Cooper’s hawk, have distinctive flight patterns that are useful in identifying them, even at a distance. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Little Terror of the Flyway," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sharp-shinned hawk

circa 1812, in the meaning defined above

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