Cooper's Hawk (adult and young)

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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Length, male, 15 1/2 inches The Cooper's Hawk, like its close relative, the sharp-shinned, is another of that very small number of birds whose destructive habits outweigh the good they do. The species here described very closely resembles the Sharp-shinned Hawk, but it is larger and has a blackish crown. It also has a well-rounded tail, whereas the tail of the Sharp-shinned is square. The larger size of the Cooper's Hawk, combined with its skillful hunting ability, render it, above all, the real "Chicken Hawk" of the countryside. Its sudden sallies into game farms and poultry yards are often the cause of considerable losses. Its swift and daring attacks leave little chance for the quarry to escape, and it spreads fear and consternation wherever it goes. "Of 133 stomachs examined, 34 contained poultry or game birds; 52, other birds; 11, mammals; 1, frogs; 3, lizards; 2, insects; and 39 were empty." (Fisher.) The nest of this Hawk is placed well up in trees. The eggs are from three to six and are of a pale bluish-white, sometimes faintly spotted with brown. Classification: Order Raptores. Family Buteonidae. Scientific name: Accipiter cooperi. Range: Breeds from southern Canada, south to the southern border of the United States. Winters throughout much of its breeding range and as far south as Costa Rica

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