Definition of sparrow hawk in English:

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sparrow hawk

Pronunciation: /ˈsperō ˌhôk/


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).
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1North American The American kestrel (see kestrel).
Example sentences
  • It is closely related to the American sparrowhawk, which it resembles in size.
  • The windhover is related to the American sparrowhawk.

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Syllabification: spar·row hawk

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