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Dictionary Definition

Accipiter n : type genus of the family Accipitridae [syn: genus Accipiter]

User Contributed Dictionary



Circa 19th century: , from : hawk.


  • /ækˈsɪpɪtə/


  1. A genus of rapacious birds; one of the Accipitres or Raptores.
  2. A bandage applied over the nose, resembling the claw of a hawk

Extensive Definition

The genus Accipiter is a group of birds of prey in the family Accipitridae, mostly consisting of birds known as Goshawks and Sparrowhawks.
These birds are slender with short broad rounded wings and a long tail which helps them maneuver in flight. They have long legs and long sharp talons used to kill their prey and a sharp hooked bill used in feeding. Females tend to be larger in size than males.
They often ambush their prey, capturing it after a short chase. They mainly eat small birds and mammals.
The typical flight pattern is a series of flaps followed by a short glide. They are commonly found in wooded or shrubby areas.
The full list of species is:
accipiter in Aragonese: Accipiter
accipiter in Bulgarian: Ястреби
accipiter in German: Habichte und Sperber
accipiter in Esperanto: Akciptroj
accipiter in Spanish: Accipiter
accipiter in Hebrew: נץ
accipiter in Swahili (macrolanguage): Kipanga
accipiter in Lithuanian: Vanagai (gentis)
accipiter in Portuguese: Accipiter
accipiter in Russian: Ястребы
accipiter in Turkish: Accipiter
accipiter in Dutch: Accipiter
accipiter in French: Accipiter
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