Sharp-shinned Hawk

Accipiter striatus

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

SSHA

Code 6

ACCSTR

ITIS

HEAD

Sharp-shinned Hawk Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Variable, becoming redder with age. Grayish at hatching, then yellow, through bright orange to ruby red; yellow to orange in juveniles. Birds with red irises are likely to be in at least their third calendar year.
  • Head pattern: Plain
  • Crown Color: Dark Gray
  • Forehead Color: Gray
  • Nape Color: Gray
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: Yellow

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BODY

Sharp-shinned Hawk Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 25-36 cm (10-14 in)
  • Weight: 102 g (3.6 oz)
  • Size: Medium (9 - 16 in)
  • Color Primary: Gray, Rufous or Rust
  • Underparts: White with red-brown bars.
  • Upperparts: Blue-gray
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Barred or banded
  • Breast Pattern: Barred or banded

FLIGHT

Sharp-shinned Hawk Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Buoyant flight with several rapid wing beats between glides.
  • Wingspan Range: 51-71 cm (20-28 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings
  • Tail shape: Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Narrow black crossbars.
  • Upper Tail: White with black bands.
  • Under Tail: White with black bands.
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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