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sparrow hawk

noun
1.
a small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.
Origin of sparrow hawk
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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  • It is a good thing to a man that hath a noble goshawk or a tiercel or a sparrow hawk for partridge, to have such hounds.

    The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward
  • He told me that twice he had seen a lark escape from a sparrow hawk.

    In a Cheshire Garden Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton
  • Is it possible the sparrow hawk does so much credit to my understanding?

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin
  • The sparrow hawk feeds on mice, ground squirrels, insects, small birds.

    Endurance Test Alan Douglas
  • He will imitate the red-shouldered hawk and the sparrow hawk and I suspect him of mixing it in conversation with the flicker.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • I catch Sparrows, and other small birds, so they call me the sparrow hawk, too.

  • The sparrow hawk and the sharp-shinned hawk may visit the vicinity to feed upon the other feeders.

    Bird Day; How to prepare for it Charles Almanzo Babcock
  • Notwithstanding claims to the contrary, all hawks, with the exception of the sparrow hawk, are injurious.

    Tracks and Tracking Josef Brunner
  • On the first of January I saw a sparrow hawk sitting on the spire of a church in the heart of a city of eighteen thousand people.

    Bird Day; How to prepare for it Charles Almanzo Babcock
  • The sparrow hawk has been wrongly named, for it eats a thousand times as many grasshoppers as it does sparrows.

British Dictionary definitions for sparrow hawk

sparrow hawk

noun
1.
a very small North American falcon, Falco sparverius, that is closely related to the kestrels
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