Other Names: sharp-shins, sharpies
Distribution: the Americas from Canada to Argentina, excluding the Amazon basin.
Size: 25-34 cm in length with a 51-69 cm wingspan.
Plumage: Adults are slate-gray above and pale below, with fine rust-colored barring. Juveniles are brown above with whitish spots, with creamy white coloration below with streaks on the breast and barring on the flanks. The legs and eyes are yellow and the beak is yellow with a black tip.