Accipter Minor: The Little Hawk.
This Bird weighs
three ounces 16 penny weight.
The Basiss of the upper Mandible is cover'd with
a yellow Sear: the Iris of the Eye yellow; the
Head lead-colour, with large red spot on its
Crown: round the back of his head, are seven
black spots regularly placed: the Throat and
Cheeks are white, with a tincture of red; the
Back red, and marked with transverse black lines:
the Quill-feathers of the Wing dark-brown; the
rest of the Wing blue, marked, as on the Back,
with black: the Tail red, except an inch of the
end, which is black; the Breast and Belly of a
blueish red; the Legs and Feet yellow.
The Hen differs from the Cock, as follows: her whole Wing and Back
is of the same colour as the Back of the Cock; the Tail of the Hen
is marked, on the Back, with transverse black lines; her Breast
has not that stain of red as in the Cock. They abide all the year
in Virginia and Carolina, preying not only on small
birds, but Mice, Lizards, Beetles, &c.