"And a sparrowhawk will be placed on the rod, and a tournament will take place for the sparrowhawk"
Medieval Falconry (Codex Manesse: 14th century)
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Creative Commons AttributionSparrowhawk - Credit: Mark Medcalf

 Sparrowhawks are small birds of prey of the genus Accipeter. Their traditional hunting grounds are confined spaces such as woodland. In Medieval times they were used in falconry, the keeping and training of birds of prey (especially falcons) to hunt gamebirds. Both men and women hunted with hawks; the sparrowhawk, because of its small size, is said to have been a popular choice for women.