Sharp-shinned Hawks are birds of the forest. They prefer wooded habitats with lots of scrub to hide and nest in.
Songbirds are their most frequent prey. Sharp-shinned Hawks will hunt birds the size of warblers, sparrows, and thrushes, however will go for larger birds such as American Robin. Hawks also love mice and voles.
Sharp-shinned Hawks do not stoop on prey from high overhead. Because of their aerobatics, they are able to capture much of their prey ‘on wing’ or while flying! They may also pounce on their meals from low perches.