Sharp-shinned Hawk Information
Length: 10 - 14"
Habitat: Coniferous or mixed forests, forest openings, forest edges, open woodlands near brushy areas.
Diet: Mostly small birds (especially, songbirds), including sparrows, finches, and warblers; some medium-sized birds; some small mammals such as mice, shrews, and voles; frogs, lizards, snakes, large insects.
Calls of the Sharp-shinned Hawk
Photos, identifying characteristics, range, habitat, nesting, feeding habits, and conservation status of Sharp-shinned Hawk. (From the Raptor Center)
©By Ilona Loser [CC-BY-SA- 3.0], via WC
- Wingspan: 21 inches
- Sexes similar, but females much larger
- Small, broad-winged, long-tailed hawk
- Short, dark, hooked beak
- Long, narrow tarsi
- Short, rounded wings
- Long tail is squared-off at tip with prominent corners
- Typically flies with several quick snappy wingbeats and a short glide, but also soars
- Small rounded head does not project far beyond wings when soaring
- Red eye
- Black cap
- Blue-gray back and upperwings
- White breast, belly and underwing coverts marked by fine, thin, reddish bars
- White undertail coverts
- Tail, blue gray above and pale below, barred with black bands
- Flight feathers, blue-gray above and pale below, with dark bars
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
Breeding Bird Survey Map,
(Image credit: USGS)
Winter Map from eBird
Sightings of the Sharp-shinned Hawk
over last 10 years
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS
This hawk is difficult to locate during breeding season, so its range is underrepresented
on the above map.