Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne American Kestrel Hawk
Name: Samuel
Status: student
Age: 13
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2000-2001

Are there sparrow hawks in Utah? If so, is it illegal to care for one while it is injured?

The Sparrow Hawk is an European bird, but you are probably talking about the American Kestrel hawk which is found coast to coast. I have heard it incorrectly referred to a sparrow hawk so I assume this is the bird you are talking about. Yes, it is found in Utah and NO!, you are not legally able to care for them. If you have an injured hawk, contact a vet. or a local licensed naturalist or contact your state's Department of Natural Resources. To have one of these birds, you have to have both a State and Federal permit.

Steve Sample
York High School
Elmhurst, Illinois

Click here to return to the Zoology Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory