sparrow hawk

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sparhauk, sperhauk, from Old English spearhafoc, spearhabuc (sparrow-hawk), equivalent to sparrow +‎ hawk. Cognate with Danish spurvehøg (sparrowhawk), Swedish sparvhök (sparrowhawk), Icelandic sparrhaukur (sparrowhawk).

sparrow hawk
American kestrel

Noun[edit]

sparrow hawk (plural sparrow hawks)

  1. A species of small falcon, Falco sparverius, that preys on grasshoppers and small mammals.
  2. A small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.

Synonyms[edit]

Eurasian sparrow hawk

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References[edit]

  • sparrow hawk” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • sparrow hawk” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "sparrow hawk" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.