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Cooper's Hawk

Adult Cooper's Hawk
 
Juvenile Cooper's Hawk
 

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2001-2002

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii); A medium-sized hawk with relatively short wings. On gliding birds, head projects beyond wrists. Large, squarish head has eye placed well forward. Crown is darker than nape. Underparts appear rufous. Long, rounded tail has wide white tip. Female's back color is browner than male's. Always larger than Sharp-shinned Hawk. Preys largely on songbirds, some small mammals. Often perches on telephone poles, unlike Sharp-shins. Usually migrates singly or in groups of two or three. Note how the yellowish eye of the juvenile has become red in the adult. Named for William Cooper (1798-1864), one of the founders of the New York City Museum of Natural History and father of James Graham Cooper (1830-1902) a physician and famous naturalist in his own right.



Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2002
Adult Male Cooper's Hawk

Adult Female Cooper's Hawk

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2005


Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2001

This Adult Male Cooper's Hawk was banded in the Marin Headlands north of San Francisco.



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