Definition of blue hawk in US English:

blue hawk


  • 1Any of various birds of prey with bluish-grey plumage; specifically the sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), the merlin (Falco columbarius), the peregrine (F. peregrinus), and the male hen harrier (Circus cyaneus). Now historical.

  • 2US. The male hen (or northern) harrier (Circus cyaneus) and the goshawk (Accipiter gentilis). Now rare.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in The Monthly Review. From blue + hawk.


blue hawk

/ˈbluː hɔːk/