Cooper’s Hawk

(Accipiter cooperii)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Cooper’s Hawk

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon migrant, local breeder

Habitat

Riparian and mixed woodlands and woodlots; suburban yards with bird feeders

Size

Male:

15″ to 17″ in length

27″ to 32″wingspan

Female:

17″ to 19″ in length

32″ to 37″wingspan

 
Identification

This is a medium-sized hawk. The cap and upper parts are bluish-gray. The nape of the neck is pale. The underparts are white with thin, horizontal, reddish-brown barring. Immature individuals are brown above with dark brown, vertical streaks on the breast and belly. The tail is relatively long and rounded at the end with a broad terminal band. It is bluish-gray above with black bars, pale below with dark bars.

 
Voice

A loud cak-cak-cak-cak-cak lasting 2 to 5 seconds. When delivering food to the nest or receiving food at the nest the female makes a descending whaa call.

 
Similar
Species

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) is smaller, no more than 12″ in length. The tail is more rounded and has a narrower terminal band. The nape of the neck is dark.

 
Food

Songbirds, squirrels, and chipmunks

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Late March to mid-May and mid-August through November

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Falconiformes

 

Family:

Accipitridae

 

Subfamily:

Accipitrinae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Here’s a Cooper’s Hawk, October 8, 2014, a frequent visitor to our yard looking for small birds.

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Staking out a bird feeder in a suburban back yard.

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  Cooper's Hawk (Accipitridae: Accipiter cooperii) Trapping with Decoy Owl and Mistnet
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Uploaded on Jun 28, 2009

Female Cooper's Hawk photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (28 June 2009). Banded by Tim Driscoll and Tom Perry.

   
       
  Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) "Whaa" call
Denise Wight
 
   
 
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Published on Dec 23, 2015

An adult Cooper's Hawk (CAHA) giving the "whaa" call, from a leafless valley oak near Diablo Foothills Regional Park, Walnut Creek, California, 23 December 2015. This hawk was responding to another bird, which we did not see, making the same call from deep in a live oak about 100 feet away. I have only heard this call during the breeding season near COHAs' nests. The Birds of North America states that this call is "primarily given by females".

   
       
  Cooper's Hawk (Accipitridae: Accipiter cooperii) Male
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 4, 2009

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (04 July 2009). "This morning / the hawk / rose up / out of the meadow's browse / and swung over the lake-- / .... / and I said: remember / this is not something / of the red fire, this is / heaven's fistful / of death and destruction..." --Mary Oliver

   
       
  The Cooper's Hawk (Accipitridae: Accipiter cooperii)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Dec 31, 2009

A brief but contemplative look at the Cooper's Hawk, which is a common breeding resident of forests, shelterbelts, and treed suburban residential areas in the upper midwest United States, Specimens shown here were photographed in North Dakota. SHOW MORE

   
       
  Cooper's Hawk - Épervier de Cooper - Azor de Cooper - Accipiter cooperii
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Uploaded on Feb 1, 2011

Montreal botanical garden - Jardin Botanique de Montreal
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Gerry Garcia
4/18/2019

Location: West Bloomington, MN

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Norm & Peg Dibble
10/8/2014

Location: Maple Grove, MN

Here’s a Cooper’s Hawk, October 8, 2014, a frequent visitor to our yard looking for small birds.

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