Found 2 items, similar to sparrow hawk.
English → English
Definition: sparrow hawk
n 1: small North American falcon [syn: American kestrel
2: small hawk of Eurasia and northern Africa [syn: Accipiter nisus
English → English
Definition: Sparrow hawk
, n. [OE. sparwe, AS. spearwa; akin to OHG.
sparo, G. sperling, Icel. sp["o]rr, Dan. spurv, spurre, Sw.
sparf, Goth. sparwa; -- originally, probably, the quiverer or
flutterer, and akin to E. spurn. See Spurn
, and cf.
1. (Zo["o]l.) One of many species of small singing birds of
the family Fringillig[ae]
, having conical bills, and
feeding chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also
, and buntings
. The common sparrow, or house
sparrow, of Europe (Passer domesticus
) is noted for its
familiarity, its voracity, its attachment to its young,
and its fecundity. See House sparrow
, under House
Note: The following American species are well known; the
, or chippy
, the sage sparrow
the savanna sparrow
, the song sparrow
, the tree sparrow
, and the white-throated sparrow
). See these terms under Sage
2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several small singing birds somewhat
resembling the true sparrows in form or habits, as the
European hedge sparrow. See under Hedge
He that doth the ravens feed,
Yea, providently caters for the sparrow,
Be comfort to my age! --Shak.
, Fox sparrow
, etc. See under Field
, a small nail; a castiron shoe nail; a
(a) A small European hawk (Accipiter nisus
) or any of
the allied species.
(b) A small American falcon (Falco sparverius
(c) The Australian collared sparrow hawk (Accipiter torquatus
Note: The name is applied to other small hawks, as the
European kestrel and the New Zealand quail hawk.
(Zo["o]l.), a small owl (Glaucidium passerinum
) found both in the Old World and the New. The
name is also applied to other species of small owls.
(Zo["o]l.), the female of the reed bunting.