Definition of sparrow hawk in English:

sparrow hawk

Syllabification: spar·row hawk


  • 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)
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    • 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).
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    • 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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