genus Accipiter


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Noun1.genus Accipiter - type genus of the family Accipitridaegenus Accipiter - 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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Goshawks are the largest of what are called "tree hawks," from the genus accipiter, which includes Cooper's, sharp-shinned and sparrow hawks.
In England, the term true hawks has been reserved for birds of the genus Accipiter, which includes sparrow hawks and goshawks.
The prolific and highly regarded bird artist, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, writing in National Geographic, for example, commented that "The whole genus Accipiter, consisting of the [northern] goshawk, Cooper's hawk, and sharp-shinned hawk, are savage, bloodthirsty, and cold-hearted slaughterers, and are responsible in large measure for the anathema that is then portion of all hawks" (Fuertes 1920).