Did you know that the sharp-shinned hawk is the smallest hawk in the United States?
Sharp-shinned hawks are often confused with Cooper’s hawks because both are blue-gray birds. Sharp-shinned hawks have orange chests and white bellies. Cooper’s hawks have reddish bars on their bellies.
Sharp-shinned hawks are often confused with merlins because both are gray birds. Sharp-shinned hawks have longer tails and orange chests.