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Sharp-shinned
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Much the same in most aspects but its size, the sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus) exhibits many features that indicate its close relations to the Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii). "Sharpies" are diminutive bird-hunters that fly quickly on fast-beating wings interspersed with short glides, and often soar in tight circles overhead. They favor the cover of trees and shrubs for roosting and hunting. They are sometimes seen on poles and wires. Adults are bluish-gray above, and their tail is broadly banded with black. Their tails are typically square-tipped compared to the tail of a Cooper's hawk. Their under-parts are orange-brown with narrow white cross-bars. They also have white under-tail feathers that are fluffy. Immature birds are brownish above and whitish below, marked with length-wise dark streaks. Adult sharp-shinned hawks have reddish eyes while young birds have yellow eyes. They are migratory over much of the range. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - - - Claude G. Edwards

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