sparrow hawk

a small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.

1400–50; late Middle English Unabridged
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sparrow hawk
a very small North American falcon, Falco sparverius, that is closely related to the kestrels

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Smaller raptors, such as the sparrow hawk or kestrel, chase their prey into the stacks and become trapped.
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