Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk
(Accipiter cooperii)

Order:  Accipitriformes
Family:  Accipitridae

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Cooper's Hawk Information

Length:  14 - 20"

Habitat:  Deciduous, coniferous, and mixed woodlands, typically near open areas; open woodlands; wooded edges of rivers; occasionally, urban areas.

Diet:  Mostly small and medium-sized birds such as warblers, jays, and robins; sometimes, larger birds such as ruffed grouse; small mammals, including squirrels and chipmunks; occasionally, amphibians, snakes, insects.

  Calls of the Cooper's Hawk

Additional Photos and Information

Cooper's Hawk
Photos, taxonomy, description, distribution and habitat, behavior, lifespanm and conservation status. (From Wikipedia)

Cooper's Hawk in Flight
From Nature Photography by David Blevins.

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

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Cooper's Hawk
Identification Tips

General Information

  • Wingspan: 28 inches
  • Sexes similar, but females much larger
  • Medium-sized, broad-winged, long-tailed hawk
  • Short, dark, hooked beak
  • Long, thick tarsi appear short at rest because they are usually covered by belly feathers
  • Short, rounded wings
  • Very long tail is rounded at tip
  • Often flies with several quick wingbeats and a short glide, but also soars
  • Large angular head projects far beyond wings when soaring
  • Red eye
  • Black cap
  • Blue-gray back and upperwings
  • White breast, belly and underwing coverts marked by fine, thin, reddish bar
  • White undertail coverts
  • Tail, blue gray above and pale below, barred with black bands
  • Flight feathers, blue-gray above and pale below, with dark bars

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Cooper's Hawk Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Cooper's Hawk
Nov-Mar over last 10 years

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS