sharp-shinned hawk

noun

: 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

Examples of sharp-shinned hawk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Late in the afternoon on Sept. 25 staff members brought out a kestrel and a sharp-shinned hawk for release. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 8 Oct. 2022 And a sharp-shinned hawk soared into view, turned into the breeze and flapped in place for five seconds, then banked east and swiftly glided out of sight. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2022 Three continuing sandhill cranes at Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hanson, and a sharp-shinned hawk and a dickcissel at the Manomet Bird Observatory in Manomet. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Aug. 2022 There was a Cooper’s hawk and then a sharp-shinned hawk, each appearing to contemplate their trajectory or considering a mouse meal on the ground. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Oct. 2021 While broad-wings are the big show, other species commonly seen during the fall migrations include falcons, sharp-shinned hawks, American kestrels, ospreys, and northern harriers. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2019 The sharp-shinned hawk is one of more than a dozen raptor species that fly south for the winter. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2019 Officials have spotted deer, coyote and a nest of sharp-shinned hawks, which is listed as a species of concern in Ohio, but nothing truly remarkable for the region. Grant Segall, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2019 Carey said that during October more sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper’s hawks, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, ospreys, northern harriers, bald eagles, and various species of falcons, such as peregrines, merlins, and kestrels, can be seen migrating. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sharp-shinned hawk was circa 1812

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“Sharp-shinned hawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sharp-shinned%20hawk. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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