Length 11" wingspan 23"
sexes are similar in size and color. Very similar to the Coopers hawk but
about 5" smaller. The tail of the Sharp-shin is squared instead of rounded.
Found throughout the forested
regions of North America through Central and South America. A highly migratory
species it leaves the northern U.S. in September and winters in Central
America. A few Sharp-shinned hawks are seen around bird feeders here in
the Central Valley during the wintertime.
Like other Accipiters this
bird perfers woodlands where it nests and hunts.
The Sharp-shin builds a
stick nest in deciduous trees.
Feeds primarily on small