Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Accipiter

Main Entry: ac·cip·i·ter

Pronunciation: ak-'si-p&-t&r, ik-

Function: noun.

Etymology: New Latin, genus name, from Latin, hawk: any of a genus (Accipiter) of medium-sized forest-inhabiting hawks that have short, broad wings, a long tail and a characteristic flight pattern of several quick flaps and a glide. Largest genus of the birds of prey, consisting of about 50 species of falconiform birds, or “bird” hawks, of the family Accipitridae. Sometimes accipiters are referred to as the “true” hawks.

- ac·cip·i·trine /-'si-p&-"trIn/ adjective or noun.

Examples: Sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus); Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus); northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis); Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter Cooperii).

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