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Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

General Description: Cooper's Hawks (Accipiter cooperii) are medium-sized hawks of the forest. The tail is long and banded, and the wings are short and rounded, attributes that help when flying through tree branches hunting other birds. Adults have a red, barred breast, red wing linings, and a dark crown. The long tail has rounded corners (compare with the smaller Sharp-shinned Hawk).

Favored Habitat: Forests and other places with trees.

Taxonomy: Accipitriformes, Accipitridae.

Where to Find: Fairly uncommon, usually seen hunting in riparian areas and mountain forests.

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Comments: Can be difficult to separate from Sharp-shinned Hawks because they basically look alike. However, Cooper's are larger, about the size of a crow; Sharp-shins are smaller, about the size of a Western Scrub-jay. Size can be a problem because there is some overlap (large female Sharpies can be a big as a small male Cooper). In flight, the tail corners are diagnostic: Cooper's are rounded, Sharp-shins are square.

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) In flight, the tail corners of a Cooper's Hawk are rounded. Compare with a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) If you were a tasty bird, this might be the last face you ever see!
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Note the long tail and gray back
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Note the long, banded tail
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Note the red, barred breast and long, banded tail
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Note the red, barred breast and dark gray cap
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper's Hawk juvenile, note streaked front
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper's Hawk juvenile, note white spots on back
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper's Hawk fledging out of the nest a bit early
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper's Hawk fledging out of the nest a bit early
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper's Hawk nest in cottonwood tree
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper's Hawk on big stick nest in cottonwood tree
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Peaking over the edge, this big girl wasn't happy to see me
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper’s Hawk; those are some serious bird-catching toes
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper's Hawk bathing
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper's Hawk bathing
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper's Hawk drying off after bathing
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper's Hawk drying off after bathing

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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