Sharp-shinned hawk Accipiter striatus
Deloras - Sharp-shinned hawk Accipiter striatus
Female sharp-shinned hawks are roughly one-third larger than males, which subsequently allows them to hunt considerably larger prey items. As nestlings, the hawks feed first upon small prey delivered by their father and transition as they develop to larger prey caught by their mother. Before handing over an entire meal to their partner or nestlings, adult sharp-shinned hawks will usually remove and eat the head. These miniature hawks have talons not unlike that of a cat’s claw and will use their elongated toes impale and immobilize prey.