Talk:Sharp-shinned hawk

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Comparison with Cooper's Hawk[edit]

Accipiter cooperii striatusDO1908P0203A.jpg

I added this image as a comparison on the Cooper's and Sharp-shinned pages. The originals show the difference in shape of the tail well, but were not done to scale, so I re-sized the Sharp-shinned to be somewhat smaller than the Cooper's. They are real variable, I understand, with the female Sharp-shinned very close in size to a male Cooper's. I think this adds something to the pages, but I don't intend this to be any sort of exact scientific statement.

--Cotinis 18:33, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

Smallest what?[edit]

The first paragraph, which we cannot edit, says that Sharp-shinned are the smallest in North America. Shouldn't it say smallest accipiter in North America? They clearly aren't the smallest birds, and American Kestrels are smaller Falconiformes. --User TomdB2, 21 January 2011 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.246.163.176 (talk) 02:29, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

It means "smallest hawk", picking up on "small hawk" in the first sentence, and in the sense of "hawk" that excludes falcons. Maybe it it should be changed, but I'm not sure—"hawk" may already be repeated enough in that paragraph. —JerryFriedman (Talk) 04:20, 3 November 2012 (UTC)