A genus of hawks characterized by having short, rounded wings, long tails, and long legs. In North America, there are three species - the Northern Goshawk, the Cooper's Hawk, and the Sharp-shinned Hawk. These raptors feed mostly on birds and are therefore, superbly adapted for the speed and agility necessary to outmaneuver and catch such fast-moving prey. Although all three species of Accipiter hawk are known to prey on Purple Martins, should you witness a daytime attack on your martins by a hawk, it most likely was perpetrated by the Cooper's or the Sharp-shinned Hawk
A woodland bird of prey that hunts other birds by chasing them through trees. Accipiters have short, fat wings and a long tail for maneuvering through trees. They often follow a "flap, flap, flap, glide" flight pattern when seen over Hawk Ridge.
Any of the agile, long tailed woodland hawks of the sub-family Accipitinae. Represented in the BWCA by two species, the resident Goshawk ( Accipiter gentilis) and the smaller, migratory Sharp Shinned Hawk ( Acciptier striatus). The group is sometimes called Bird Hawks because of their preferred prey.