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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).


sparrowhawk (plural sparrowhawks)

  1. A Eurasian sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus, a small, short-winged European hawk that preys on smaller birds.
    1. (falconry) A female such bird, a male being a musket.
  2. Any of numerous other relatively small birds of Old World species of Accipiter, that prey on smaller birds or otherwise resemble A. nisus.
  3. Alternative form of sparrow hawk; American kestrel, Falco sparverius, of similar size and habit.

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