Volume 5, Plate 9

Sharp-shinn'd Hawk
Yellow Rump

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Its long and slender legs and toes-its red fiery eye, feathered to the eyelids- its triangular grooved nostril, and the length of tail,--are all different from the pigeon hawk, whose legs are short, its eye dark hazel, surrounded with a broad bare yellow skin, and its nostrils small and circular centered with a slender point that rises in it like the pistil of a flower.


This species has the constant habit of flirting its expanded tail from side to side, as it runs along the branches, with its head levelled almost in a line with its body, occasionally shooting off after winged insects in a downward zigzag direction, and, with admirable dexterity, snapping its bill as it descends.