Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The term hawk can be used in several ways: In strict usage in Europe and Asia, to mean any of the species in the subfamily Accipitrinae, which comprises the genera Accipiter , Micronisus , Melierax , Urotriorchis and Megatriorchis . The large and widespread Accipiter genus includes goshawks, sparrowhawks, the Sharp-shinned Hawk and others. These are mainly woodland birds with long tails and high visual acuity, hunting by sudden dashes from a concealed perch. More generally (especially in North America) to mean falcons or small to medium-sized members of the Accipitridae â€“ the family which includes the true hawks" (Accipiters) as well as eagles, kites, harriers and buzzards. Loosely, to mean almost any bird of prey outside of the order Strigiformes (owls)."
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