What is a sparrow hawk?

   Sparrow hawk is a genus of long-legged, short-winged falcons, whose prey consists of small birds, sparrows, mice, and insects. The sparrow hawk is still comparatively in Great Britain and Ireland. The male measures 12 inches, and has the opper parts of the body bluish gray, the onder parts buff colored, with bright rufous bars. The female is paler in coloring and measures about 15 inches. The American sparrow hawk is similar in size to the European, but is more nearly allied to the kestrel.