Definition of Sparrow hawk

1. Noun. Small North American falcon.

Exact synonyms: American Kestrel, Falco Sparverius, Kestrel
Generic synonyms: Falcon
Group relationships: Falco, Genus Falco

2. Noun. Small hawk of Eurasia and northern Africa.
Exact synonyms: Accipiter Nisus
Generic synonyms: Hawk
Group relationships: Accipiter, Genus Accipiter

Definition of Sparrow hawk

1. Noun. A species of small falcon, ''Falco sparverius'', that preys grasshoppers and small mammals. ¹

2. Noun. A small, short-winged European hawk, ''Accipiter nisus'', that preys on smaller birds. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sparrow Hawk

sparring match
sparring mate
sparring partner
sparrow dominoes
sparrow hawk (current term)
sparrow hawks
sparrow limit

Literary usage of Sparrow hawk

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1840)
"THE AMERICAN SPARROW-HAWK. FALCO SPARVERIUS, Linn. PLATE XXII. ... Every one knows the Sparrow-Hawk, the very mention of its name never fails to bring to ..."

2. The Reign of Law by George Douglas Campbell Argyll (1867)
"The Sparrow-Hawk and the Merlin are excellent examples of the difference. The Sparrow-Hawk, with its comparatively short and blunt wings, steals along the ..."

3. Filipino Popular Tales by Dean Spruill Fansler (1921)
"The sparrow-hawk answered, "With much pleasure, my friend. ... At last he went back to the sparrow-hawk, and said, "I am very sorry, my friend, ..."

4. The Art and Practice of Hawking by Edward Blair Michell (1900)
"CHAPTER XII ( THE SPARROW-HAWK THERE is so little difference between the training of the goshawk and that of the sparrow-hawk, that it is unnecessary to ..."

5. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept, Southern Pacific Company (1912)
"As he helped her through the sand he forgot that sparrow hawk was only an Indian, ... As he moved slowly about his work sparrow hawk watched him curiously, ..."

6. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1876)
"sparrow hawk, a small bird of prey of the falcon subfamily, ... the females longitudinal black lines on the crown and stripes on the American sparrow hawk ..."

7. Harvard Studies and Notes in Philology and Literature by Dept. of Modern Languages, Harvard University (1895)
"THE SPARROW-HAWK ADVENTURE. It is not easy to determine what were the exact features of this adventure in Version B, in which it seems to have been for the ..."

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