Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) - HBW 2, p. 159

French: Épervier brun German: Eckschwanzsperber Spanish: Gavilán Americano
Other common names: Sharpshin, Sharpie, Little Blue Darter

Taxonomy: Accipiter striatus Vieillot, 1807, Santo Domingo, Hispaniola.
Forms superspecies with A. chionogaster, A. ventralis and A. erythronemius, all of which have traditionally been included within present species, but differ on morphology, ecology and probably behaviour. Also close to A. nisus and associated species. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • perobscurus Snyder, 1938 - Queen Charlotte Is; possibly also mainland coast of British Columbia.
  • velox (Wilson, 1812) - Alaska and Canada S to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Alabama (USA); winters S to Panama.
  • suttoni van Rossem, 1939 - extreme S New Mexico (USA) S locally to Veracruz (Mexico).

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  • perobscurus Snyder, 1938 - Queen Charlotte Is; possibly also mainland coast of British Columbia.
  • velox (Wilson, 1812) - Alaska and Canada S to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Alabama (USA); winters S to Panama.
  • suttoni van Rossem, 1939 - extreme S New Mexico (USA) S locally to Veracruz (Mexico).
  • madrensis Storer, 1952 - Guerrero and perhaps W Oaxaca (S Mexico).
  • striatus Vieillot, 1807 - Hispaniola, in both Haiti and Dominican Republic.
  • fringilloides Vigors, 1827 - Cuba.
  • venator Wetmore, 1914 - Puerto Rico.