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Accipiter striatus (Sharp-shinned Hawk)

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Accipiter striatus fringilloides
Accipiter striatus madrensis
Accipiter striatus perobscurus (Queen Charlotte's sharp-shin hawk)
Accipiter striatus striatus (Hispaniolan sharp-shinned hawk)
Accipiter striatus suttoni (Sutton's sharp-shinned hawk)
Accipiter striatus velox (Northern sharp-shinned hawk)
Accipiter striatus venator

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 6.09695
EDGE Score: 1.95966


Adult Weight [1]  138 grams
Birth Weight [3]  19.3 grams
Female Weight [1]  174 grams
Male Weight [1]  103 grams
Weight Dimorphism [1]  68.9 %
Breeding Habitat [2]  Forests
Wintering Geography [2]  Widespread
Wintering Habitat [2]  Generalist
Diet [4]  Carnivore (Vertebrates)
Diet - Endothermic [4]  100 %
Forages - Aerial [4]  25 %
Forages - Canopy [4]  25 %
Forages - Mid-High [4]  25 %
Forages - Understory [4]  25 %
Female Maturity [5]  1 year
Male Maturity [5]  1 year
Clutch Size [6]  5
Clutches / Year [5]  1
Global Population (2017 est.) [2]  680,000
Incubation [5]  34 days
Maximum Longevity [5]  20 years
Wing Span [7]  24 inches (.6 m)


Protected Areas

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Important Bird Areas

Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Arenal Hill Nicaragua A1, A2
El Jaguar Nicaragua A1, A2, A3

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
California Floristic Province Mexico, United States No
Caribbean Islands Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks And Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands - British, Virgin Islands - U.S. No
Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands Mexico, United States No
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama No

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)[9]
Strix nebulosa (Great Grey Owl)[9]



Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
Van Vihar National Park

Range Map


Caribbean; North America; Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Mueller, HC, DD Berger, and G. Allez. 1979. Age and sex differences in size of Sharp-shinned Hawks. Bird-Banding 50:34–44
2Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
3Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
4Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
5de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
6Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
7Alaska Wildlife Notebook Series, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
8Making The Forest And Tundra Wildlife Connection
9Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
10Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
11Lasiurus borealis, Karl A. Shump Jr. and Ann U. Shump, Mammalian Species No. 183, pp. 1-6 (1982)
12Exploring the Denali Food Web, ParkWise, National Park Service
13Tamias merriami, Troy L. Best and Nancy J. Granai, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 476, pp. 1-9 (1994)
14Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
15International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund