We discuss select imprecise and untenable natural history information about migration, urban habitat use, and diet presented in the technical literature about Accipiter hawks in North America. We focus primarily on challenging the claim that Sharp-shinned Hawks (Accipiter striatus) are more frequent predators of House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) than are Cooper's Hawks (A. cooperii). We urge scientists to be cognizant of the ever-changing dynamics of the predatory behavior, nesting, and migration ecology of Sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks due to anthropogenic factors, features that are in constant flux and may not be well tracked long term or apply to the entire distributional ranges of these 2 species.

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