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I grew up in Southern California and my father was an avid birder.  Yet we, and everyone I knew, grew up knowing what a Sparrow Hawk was.  Wasn't until I got into birding last year that I realized it was the same bird as an American Kestrel.  This is the first time I have heard anyone outside CA refer to a sparrow hawk.
 
Dave
 
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David Starrett
Cape Girardeau, MO
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Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 20:45:51 -0500
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Subject: Re: What's a chicken hawk?
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I don't know where I got them, but I had heard of the layman's terms for hawks as follows:
 
Kestrel - Sparrow hawk.
Cooper's - Pigeon hawk
Redtail - Chicken hawk
Osprey - Fish hawk
 
Jo Strange
Branson, MO
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Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: What's a chicken hawk?

Hi Amy - I believe "chicken hawk" is used in reference to Cooper's and Sharp-shinned hawks as well as Red-tailed hawks. I think the term has little to do with whether these birds will regularly eat chickens and more to do with their chicken-like appearance while looking for food along freshly plowed fields.
 
 
Ben
St. Louis
On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM, Amy J. Hoffman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
My boss came in to tell me he saw a chicken hawk behind our building before I got here this morning. I said, that's nice, what's a chicken hawk? Apparently a colloquiallism that his family used when he was growing up. He says it's bigger than a red tail and eats chickens. May a red shouldered?
 
Amy J. Hoffman
Jefferson City
Cole County

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http://mobirds.org/
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http://mobirds.org/


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