Definition of accipiter in English:



  • A hawk of a group distinguished by short, broad wings and relatively long legs, adapted for fast flight in wooded country.

    • ‘Broad-wings' movement at the end of the month is not as noticeable on the Cape as it is on the mainland, but one can often see falcons and accipiters moving along the dunes on the Lower Cape.’
    • ‘Larger species usually lay clutches of one to two eggs, where as smaller accipiters and harriers normally lay clutches of five to six eggs.’
    • ‘As far as other raptors go, you'd be hard-pressed to mistake an accipiter for a vulture or an eagle.’
    • ‘With the bird in hand, you can see that our little accipiter does indeed have sharp shins.’
    • ‘The Sharp-shinned Hawk is the smallest of the three North American accipiters.’
    • ‘Ossified tendons have also been found in certain flexors in various falcon species but not in accipiter species.’
    • ‘Anyone wearing a many pocketed vest (willingly in public) is usually the dead give away - it's almost as reliable as the flap-flap-glide of an accipiter.’
    • ‘As much as I love accipiters I think that would be the worst way to go.’
    • ‘As if accipiters didn't look creepy enough as it is.’
    • ‘The photo plates also age and sex accipiters, those hawks that flap, flap, sail, and are the mostly likely the ones that raid our feeders of hapless birds.’
    • ‘I was passing one of the islands on the lake when I noticed what looked like an accipiter flying just above the water in pursuit of a bird and then double back to the island.’
    • ‘An accipiter fluttered over very high early yesterday morning, but I didn't identify it.’
    • ‘An accipiter flew over, and I muttered about wings and tails and crosses and pluses as it quickly disappeared.’
    • ‘The goshawk's tail is long, but wider than those of the other accipiters; this is the best way to distinguish a Goshawk from a Cooper's Hawk.’
    • ‘I saw an Eagle, most likely a Spotted Eagle, a buteo of some sort, and an accipiter, either a Eurasian Sparrowhawk or a Levant Sparrowhawk.’
    • ‘It flew like an accipiter, and as it went over I saw its gray head and reddish underparts.’


Late 19th century: Latin, literally hawk, bird of prey.