Daily Bird: Sharp-shinned Hawk
The Sharp-shinned Hawk is a small hawk, around 11 inches in size. Adults have blue-grey above and reddish-brown barring below. The Sharp-shinned’s tail that is square with black and white barring. The tail is sometimes slightly notched. In contrast, Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) has a rounded tail and is a larger bird. The Sharp-shinned Hawk also appears to have no neck when perched.
Conservation status: Sharp-shinned Hawk populations used to be in decline because of DDT use but since the ban of DDT in the 1970s they have rebounded and are much more plentiful. Although listed as Least Concern by the IUCN, the nesting population of Sharp-shinned Hawks are officially endangered here in Connecticut.
Andy Rzeznikiewicz is the sanctuary manager for our northeast Connecticut sanctuaries.