Sharp-shinned Hawk Photo Gallery
When hiking mountain trails look towards the sky for their distinctive flap and glide flight pattern.
What does the Sharp-shinned Hawk look like?
Sharp-shinned Hawks are small birds of prey. They have long square tipped tails, short rounded wings, small heads and broad shoulders. They have slate blue-gray upper bodies, reddish orange barring on the breasts and broad dark bands on their long tails.
Sharp-shinned Hawk Habitat
Sharp-shinned Hawk Facts
Sharp-Shinned Hawks are the smallest North American Hawk. They have long legs, short wings and long tails. All of which allow for bold, acrobatic flight through dense forests and the element of surprise against their songbird prey. They are common across the United States, but are migratory. Females are about one third larger than males. They use their razor sharp talons to pierce prey, and then carry it to a stump or branch to pluck its feathers before consumption. Their numbers fell dramatically before the pesticide DDT was banned.