Size: 10-14"; up to 2-foot wingspan
Male: Small woodland hawk with gray back and head, and rusty red breast. Long tail with several dark tail bands, widest band at end of squared-off tail. Red eyes.
Female: Same as male, but larger.
Juvenile: Same size as adults, with a brown back and heavily streaked breast. Yellow eyes.
Nest: Female builds platform nest. One brood per year.
Eggs: 4-5; white with brown markings
Incubation: 32-35 days; female incubates
Fledging: 24-27 days; male and female feed young
Migration: The Sharp-shinned Hawk is a migrator and can be found in St. Charles County during the winter months.
Food: Birds and small mammals.
Compare: Nearly identical to the Cooper's Hawk, only smaller.