sparrow hawk


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sparrow hawk

n.
1. See kestrel.
2. or spar·row·hawk (spăr′ō-hôk′) Any of several small hawks that have short, broad wings and prey on sparrows and other small birds, especially the Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa.

sparrow hawk

n
(Animals) a very small North American falcon, Falco sparverius, that is closely related to the kestrels

spar′row hawk`


n.
a small, short-winged Eurasian hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.
[1400–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sparrow hawk - small North American falconsparrow hawk - small North American falcon    
falcon - diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
Falco, genus Falco - a genus of Falconidae
2.sparrow hawk - small hawk of Eurasia and northern Africasparrow hawk - small hawk of Eurasia and northern Africa
hawk - diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
Accipiter, genus Accipiter - type genus of the family Accipitridae
Translations
krahujec obecnýpoštolka pestrá
raudkull
amerikantuulihaukkavarpushaukka
karvaly
sparrhaukur
accipiter
paukštvanagis
skobec
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