Sharp-Shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Adult: male approximately robin size, females slightly larger; sexes similar in coloration patterns;
Tail: long, square ended with 3-4 bands; thin white tip;
Throat: light with brown streaking;
Wings: wide and rounded with underside light brown with white barring underneath;
Breast and underside: cream or white, with heavy rust horizontal barring;
Legs: thin, delicate-looking;
Eye: orange or red.
Immature: similar to adult;
Underside: white with dark vertical streaking;
Tail: indistinct bands of medium and dark brown;
Coniferous wetland forests or upland hardwoods containing conifers; commonly observed hunting near bird
small 10-18" in diameter placed close to trunk of coniferous tree species.
Summer resident common in the northern 1/2 of state; possible statewide. Not a regular resident during winter;
possible visitor to southern part of state.
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