• Peak Breeding Activity: March-June
• Incubation: 21-35 days
• Clutch Size: 4-5 eggs
• Young Fledge: 21-32 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: small birds
• Ohio Status: Species of Concern
This hawk is about the size of a blue jay. The tail is long, squared at the tip, and is crossed by several dark bands with a distinct white band at the tip. Adults have slate-gray upperparts and underparts that are finely barred with a rusty color.
Habitat and Habits
Sharp-shinned hawks are forest birds. They can also be seen in agricultural and suburban areas, where they may hunt other birds at bird feeders.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Nests are platforms made of twigs and bark. They are usually placed in a conifer, high off the ground. Both parents care for the young, with the male providing most of the food.