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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Birds of Point Pelee National Park

Image of: Hawk, Sharp-shinned
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Hawk, Sharp-shinned
-Accipiter striatus Vieillot

An accipter less than 35.5 cm in total length is likely to be this species. Adults have upper parts dark blue; breast and abdomen, barred dull reddish-brown and white. First-year birds have brown upper parts; whitish, heavily brown-streaked breast and abdomen. Thus very similar to Cooper's Hawk, but usually decidedly smaller, with relatively slenderer and longer legs and square-tipped tail and with cap not appreciably darker than back. Easily distinguished from the similar-sized Merlin and American Kestrel by its lack of a tooth-like projection on the upper mandible and its short, rounded wings.