sparrow hawk definition by Webster's New World
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- any of certain Eurasian hawks; esp., a small hawk (Accipiter nisus) with short, rounded wings
- ☆ American kestrel
Origin: Middle English sparowhawke: so named from preying on sparrows
sparrow hawk definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A small hawk (Accipter nisus) of Europe, Africa, and central Asia that has short, broad wings and preys on sparrows and other small birds.
- A small North American falcon (Falco sparverius) that hovers over fields and pastures, feeding chiefly on insects and mice. Also called American kestrel.