1A small Old World woodland hawk that preys on small birds.
- Genus Accipiter, family Accipitridae: many species, in particular the widespread northern sparrow hawk (A. nisus).
- So why cannot hen harriers, sparrowhawks and goshawks be controlled to protect lapwings, curlews, golden plovers and, yes, pheasants and grouse?
- No doubt the element of surprise plays a large part in their capture of prey, but sparrowhawks are capable of performing remarkable pursuits and captures of such fast-flying birds as the redshank.
- Today, dozens of different birds stop by, from goldfinches, tits and sparrowhawks to ducks, doves and pheasants.
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Syllabification: spar·row hawk
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