The sharp-shinned hawk is a small hawk who commonly hunts other birds. They are fast and agile hunters who quickly navigate wooded areas. While they prefer dense forests, these raptors are a common sight as they migrate across North America in autumn.
These hawks can be identified by a long, square-tipped tail with broad dark bands. The body feathers of adults are blue-gray with red-orange bars across the breast, while juveniles are mostly brown with vertical white streaks underneath.