• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Prairie-hawk the American sparrow-hawk
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. prataria, meadow-land—L. pratum, a meadow.


In literature:

Answering, coercing, swift as the swoop of a prairie hawk, as a human being in abandon, the man's arms were about her.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
So a colony of prairie-dogs vanishes into its burrows at the shadow of a hawk.
"The Penalty" by Gouverneur Morris
Black Hawk gave himself up soon after the Bad Axe massacre to the Winnebagoes, and was surrendered to our officers at Prairie du Chien.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7" by Charles H. Sylvester
Into this country ran Black Hawk's trail, and not far from this trail was Prairie Island, with its happy settlers and new school.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The soft, plaintive notes of the night-hawk and prairie-owl mingled with the prolonged cry of the wolf in the distant foothills.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
They rode over the prairie on the other side of the woods, heading for Black Hawk's camp.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
A red-tailed hawk once was observed to swoop down, seize a prairie dog and fly down the canyon.
"Mammals of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado" by Sydney Anderson
The lonely call overhead is not the prairie-hawk, but the eagle lilting and wheeling in a sort of dreary enjoyment of utter loneliness.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
Raven Wing and Hawk Eye pushed on across the prairie toward the Minnesota River.
"Hawk Eye" by David Cory
Only the wind, and now and then the cry of some night-hawk or its victim; or the plaintive, peevish yap of the prairie fox.
"Wild Life in the Land of the Giants" by Gordon Stables
I think I had rather have missed the Hawk's Nest, the Prairies, the Mississippi, and even Niagara, than this.
"Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2)" by Harriet Martineau

In news:

Other prime attractions include Snowy Owl, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Ferruginous Hawk, and nesting Burrowing Owls.
Kellen Bernickus of Morris tries to advance the ball against two Prairie Central defenders during Tuesday's loss to the Hawks at the Prairie Central Turkey Tournament.
In an outstanding natural history essay about Zumwalt, "The Prairie Keepers," published in 1995, Portland author Marcy Houle described her graduate research on the prairie 's large population of nesting hawks.
Birding at Hawks Prairie Reclaimed Water Ponds: Walk the easy gravel paths around the reclamation ponds, marshes, and vegetation looking for ducks, raptors, passerines, and wading birds.
The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks boys basketball team started their night on a 12-2 run against Wilton and lead the entire way winning 58-29.