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Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Length: 10-14 inches Song: kek-kek-kek or kik-kik-kik
Wingspan: 20-28 inches Behavior: Eats mostly small birds, including song birds.
Weight: 3.6 ounces Breeding: Monogamous. Solitary nester
Habitat: forest,open forest, grassland with scattered trees Population: Common to fairly common.
Migration:  ----- Feeders: Often attracted to concentrations of small birds
Appearance: Red- brown throat, red- brown bars across chest and belly.
Interesting Facts: Decline during 1950's though 1970's due to pesticides and heavy metal pollutants in environment. Some came back in 1980's but is perhaps declining again.

Compiled by Ashley, Grade 4, Middletown Elementary School, Louisville, KY
Information from Birds of North America by Fred J Alsop III, DK Publishing, Inc., 2001

Photos used with permission from Richard Healy.

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Last Updated: February 28, 2012

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