sharp-shinned hawk

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sharp-shinned hawk

 (shärp′shĭnd′)
n.
A small hawk (Accipiter striatus) of North and Central America that has short rounded wings and a rusty breast and preys on other birds.
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If you see a large, white-breasted hawk sitting on a utility pole, billboard, fence post or other large perch, it's likely a red-tailed.
Consider, for example, this passage from John Muir's The story of my boyhood and youth (1913): "When I went to the stable to feed the horses, I noticed a big white-breasted hawk [most likely a red-tailed hawk, Buteo jamaicensis], on a tall oak in front of our chicken house, evidently waiting for a chicken breakfast .