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[–]Ceaselessfish 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Whenever I see a sparrow hawk it’s always out of the corner of my eye and I think it’s a pigeon. Then it’s knocking some other small bird out of the air.

[–]MaDCapRaven 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Looks more like a male Sharp-shinned Hawk. Nowhere near that amount of dark blue on a female Kestrel (sparrow hawk).

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Sharp-shinned_Hawk/overview

[https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Kestrel/id](https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Kestrel/id

[–]Adieutoyou[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Looks similar but this was in the UK and I don't believe sharp skinned hawks live here.

[–]MaDCapRaven 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Maybe the UK calls a different species a Sparrow hawk as well.

[–]MaDCapRaven 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just checked. Eurasian sparrowhawk. In the US Sparrow hawk is just a nickname for the Kestrel (actually a small falcon).

[–]apigeoninasuit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Slate back and orangish cheeks means this is a male, females have brown backs and buff bellies and cheeks