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Cooper’s Hawk

November 3, 2022

Charles Lucien Bonaparte named the first Cooper’s Hawk in 1828. Since then, people have adapted many names to this bird. You have probably heard names such as chicken hawk, striker, flying cross, or big blue darter. 

This mid-sized hawk thrives in areas where tall trees have extensive canopy cover that allows them to nest and breed. The Cooper’s Hawk belongs to the Accipitridae family and accipiter genus, a group of small hawks commonly known as the true hawks. You can identify a Cooper’s Hawk with its rounded tail and short rounded wing.

Interesting Facts About the Cooper’s Hawk:

  • The Cooper’s Hawk utters over 40 call variations during breeding. This number is the highest recorded calls among the birds in the raptor family.
  • Immature Cooper’s Hawks are steaky and browner compared to adult Cooper’s Hawks, which exhibit a gray look with a pale orange barring.
  • The Cooper’s Hawk mainly captures their prey and feeds in flight.
  • Cooper’s Hawks mainly prey on mid-sized birds. They also eat bats, mice, and chipmunks.
  • Cooper’s Hawks lay pale blue eggs.
  • 70% of urban Cooper’s Hawks die from collisions with objects.
  • Cooper’s Hawks have short glides and stiff wing beats for a powerful, agile, and quick flight.
  • Female Cooper’s Hawks are bigger than their males.
  • The Cooper’s Hawk’s nestling period is between 27-34 days, and the incubation period is between 30-36 days.


  1. David

    No pictures of this hawk?

  2. John

    Very good, but where is the photo of the Hawk????

  3. Dennis C Hudson

    Where are the hawk pics?


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