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A hawk of the genus Accipiter, characterized by short wings and a long tail.

[Latin, hawk; see ōku- in Indo-European roots.]

ac·cip′i·trine′ (-trīn′, -trĭn) adj.
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(Animals) any hawk of the genus Accipiter, typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
[C19: New Latin, from Latin: hawk]
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(ækˈsɪp ɪ tər)

a hawk of the genus Accipiter, having short, rounded wings and a long tail.
[1870–75; < New Latin, Latin]
ac•cip′i•trine (-trɪn, -ˌtraɪn) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.accipiter - type genus of the family AccipitridaeAccipiter - type genus of the family Accipitridae
bird genus - a genus of birds
Accipitridae, family Accipitridae - hawks; Old World vultures; kites; harriers; eagles
Accipiter gentilis, goshawk - large hawk of Eurasia and North America used in falconry
Accipiter nisus, sparrow hawk - small hawk of Eurasia and northern Africa
Accipiter cooperii, blue darter, Cooper's hawk - bluish-grey North American hawk having a darting flight
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The Cooper's hawk is one of North America's accipiters. Accipiters have short wings and long tails that act like rudders.
Ecological relationships of accipiters in northern Utah--with special emphasis on the effects of human disturbance [thesis].
While the Harris Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk are more widely used by experienced falconers, many switch to accipiters or large falcons when they get their general license.
The other major group is called accipiters (Latin for hawk), which are smaller and faster than the buteos, having more rounded wings and long rudderlike tails that allow them to maneuver between trees.
Both sharp-shinned and the similar, larger Cooper's hawk are accipiters, a group of hawks with short wings and long tails.
The second technique, known as 'out of hood', is may also be conducted with falcons, but is more commonly carried out using 'shortwing' hawks, a category also referred to as Accipiters. In their natural state, Accipiters are found living in forested areas, with their bodies adapted for hunting in habitats where cover is thick and visibility limited.
Ambush Experts: Accipiters. Short-winged, long-tailed and wily, accipiters are agile woodland hawks with a flair for maneuvering through branchy wooded terrain and dashing suddenly into open spaces to grab a meal.
(18) The results of the present study show that blood lactate concentration is also a good measure of postrelease fitness and survivability in accipiters and falcons.
Raptors remained unprotected in the state until 1937, when all species of diurnal birds of prey, except for three accipiters (sharp-shinned hawk, Accipiter striatus; Cooper's hawk, A.