The Sharp-shinned hawk is the smallest accipiter in North America, they live in woods and forest edges. They are distinct with long legs, short wings, and very long striped tails. The females are usually larger than the males. Sharp-shinned hawks surprise their prey with acrobatic and agile flight through dense woods. During non-breeding seasons, they can be seen hunting along forest edges or in backyards. They eat mice and songbirds. Here is one I saw in the early morning at Sedona Wetlands Preserve.


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