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(Science: ornithology) One of numerous species and genera of rapacious birds of the family Falconidae.

They differ from the true falcons in lacking the prominent tooth and notch of the bill, and in having shorter and less pointed wings. Many are of large size and grade into the eagles. Some, as the goshawk, were formerly trained like falcons. In a more general sense the word is not infrequently applied, also, to true falcons, as the sparrow hawk, pigeon hawk, duck hawk, and prairie hawk.

Among the common American species are the red-tailed hawk (Buteo borealis); the red-shouldered (B. Lineatus); the broad-winged (B. Pennsylvanicus); the rough-legged (Archibuteo lagopus); the sharp-shinned accipiter fuscus).

See: fishhawk, goshawk, marsh hawk, night hawk.

Origin: oe. Hauk (prob. Fr. Icel), havek, as. Hafoc, heafoc; akin to D. Havik, OHG. Habuh, g. Habicht, Icel. Haukr, Sw. Hok, dan. Hog, prob. From the root of E. Heave.

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Re: Which animal is this?

Hi there. It looks like a Hornworm (larval stage of a Hawk moth), either a tomatoe hornworm ( Manduca quinquemaculata ) if the markings on the side are V-shaped or a tobacco hornworm ( Manduca sexta ) if the marking are straight and whiteish. The horn ...

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by dslivinski
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Which animal is this?
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Bug ID help needed

That's amazing we also have one similar here in AU that is called a hawk moth also!

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by vk4vfx
Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Bug ID help needed
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Re: Humane way of treating mice infestation?

... explain it this way: would you rather be killed instantly by a guillotine or be hunted down and eaten by a lion? Those house mice are most likely hawk or coyote bait when placed in an unfamiliar environment like that.

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by hymenoptera7
Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:51 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Humane way of treating mice infestation?
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Re: Bug ID help needed

Hi. We have a similar one here in Europe. It is a hummingbird Hawk-moth or Hummingmoth. Looks like, flies as, and feeds the same way as a humming bird, but is a moth. Cheers.

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by marquitosgm
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Bug ID help needed
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Biological Mistakes in Movies

I would say almost any movie with aninmals in it. They usually arent native to the area or something like that. Usually when they show a "hawk" flying in the sky in makes a hawk call but they are actually usually vultures which do not vocalize like that. Im not sure if those count lol.....Ill ...

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by Chris103
Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Biological Mistakes in Movies
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