The Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) is the smallest of North American accipiters, the dashing hawks that prey on birds and small mammals. Female accipiters are larger than the males. The largest species is the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) of the northern forests.
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) resembles the Sharp-shinned Hawk but is a heavier, more deliberate flier. Accipiters fly by flapping their wings a few times, then gliding with wings flat or slightly bowed, then flapping a few more times.
Length: 10 – 14 inches
Habitat: Woodlands, brushy ares.