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(Northern) Sharp-shinned Hawk

accipiter striatus velox


Larger than a blue jay but smaller than a raven, black bands going horizontally across tail with a thin white stripe at the bottom of the tail.


Saw him in my backyard that is near the WG Jones state forest, the area is mainly covered with loblolly pine trees as this area is part of the piney woods.


first raptor I have seen in a long time so i was very excited to see this guy in my backyard. As I walked outside I saw something fly to my right and noticed that he had been on a small fence next to my deck before flying onto the fence in my neighbors backyard.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Liam 9 years ago
Sharp-shinned Hawk
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Liam 9 years ago

This is a great example of a typical male Sharp-shinned Hawk. Small size, square tail, "bug-eyed" expression (created by the placement of the eyes), and dark nape giving it a "hooded" appearance (rather than a "capped" appearance with Cooper's) all point to Sharpie over Coop.

Thank you very much for the update Jake.

Jake Barnes
Jake Barnes 9 years ago

Alright, I will change that here soon

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

Hi Jake, maybe another way to say that is, just describe the habitat you saw this bird in. Thanks.

Hi Jake, I was about to weigh in for Cooper's when you updated. However, then I noticed your write-up in the description and habitat fields. Like many users you are getting this wrong, possibly because you have not read and understood our FAQs We do not want to see never-ending repeats of the text copied and pasted from internet versions of bird identification books, that is what the reference links are for.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

A good way to tell a Cooper's from a Sharpie is by the pale nape. Cooper's have much more white on the nape then Sharpies do. My vote is for a Male Cooper's Hawk.

Jake Barnes
Jake Barnes 10 years ago

i looked at that link you gave david and i do see that narrow white strip on the end of the tail, i will further investigate haha

DavidMroczkowski 10 years ago

Could be a sharp-shinned hawk, too. From the size, I would say it is a sharpie.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

It could also be a sharp-shinned hawk. Liam will give a positive ID when he gets on PN.

Jake Barnes
Jake Barnes 10 years ago

alright cool haha, its always good to get a second opinion

I agree with Cooper's Hawk

Jake Barnes
Spotted by
Jake Barnes

Texas, USA

Spotted on Dec 7, 2012
Submitted on Dec 7, 2012

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