Successful Nesting of the Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipter striatus) in a Longleaf Pine Stand in Southern Alabama

Published in 2003

Very few data exist on Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) nesting in the southeastern United States. According to Bildstein and Meyer (2000), the southernmost limit of the Sharp-shinned Hawk’s breeding distribution is extreme northern Alabama and Georgia. However, a few recent records indicate the species may breed farther south (Kale and Maehr 1990, Bildstein and Meyer 2000). Shackelford et al. (1996) reported the species nesting in Texas and Louisiana. More recently, Stratford and Tucker (2002) reported a single nest found in southern Alabama, the southernmost record for this species in this State. The recent extension of breeding records in the Southeast might be a positive response to the restoration of Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) ecosystems (Stratford and Tucker 2002).

Author: Ghislain Rompre'
Volume Number: 49 Year Published: 2003
Issue Number: 1
Page Number: 10

Link to article: 49 No 1 2003_p10-13.pdf
Link to the full issue of BirdLife: 49 No 1 2003.pdf