sparrow hawk

noun

Definition of sparrow hawk 

: any of various small hawks: such 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 sense b

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For example, in the Netherlands, the Eurasian sparrow hawk has been late for dinner because its prey, the blue tit, has -- over 16 years -- arrived almost six days earlier than the hawk. CBS News, "Global warming is messing up nature's dinner time, study says," 17 Apr. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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sparrow hawk

noun

Kids Definition of sparrow hawk

: a small hawk

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