COMMON NAME: Sharp-shinned hawk
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Accipiter striatus
Very similar to the Cooper’s hawk, but about one-third smaller. The tail of the sharp-shinned hawk is squared instead of rounded.
Found throughout the forested regions of North America through Central America into Argentina and Brazil. A highly migratory species, it leaves the northern United States in September and winters in Central America. A few sharp-shinned hawks are seen around bird feeders in Minnesota every winter.
Like other accipiters, this is a bird of woodlands where it nests and hunts.
The sharp-shinned hawk builds a stick nest in deciduous trees.
Feeds primarily on small songbirds.
RAPTOR CENTER DATA:
An uncommon patient, but regularly seen in fall during the migration. Like other accipiters, it needs isolation, is extremely quick, and can be very difficult to keep in a cage.
One of the most common hawks in Minnesota, seen by the tens of thousands during migration.