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Coopers Hawk

Accipiter cooperii


I believe this is a Coopers Hawk, but it maybe a sharp shinned...I have a hard time telling the two apart. large hawk, striped narrow tail, large yellow eyes, white and brown head


Woods, forests, and inner cities


I enjoyed watching this large hawk take his afternoon bath.

2 species ID suggestions

Liam 6 years ago
Cooper's Hawk (immature)
Accipiter cooperii Cooper's Hawk
nala10 6 years ago
Accipiter gentilis


EmilyMarino 5 years ago

Well, would ya look at that! Coops are such serious birds, you almost never see them let'n loose like this! Fantastic spotting and pictures!

FYI - your 6th and final picture isn't showing up!

MaryEvans2 6 years ago

Thanks all, I thought it to be a Coopers :) I have a video of him taking this bath, which I hope to get added to YouTube and linked to this sometime this weekend. This holding pond tends to be the bathing hole for many bird species. I have photos of Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, House Finches, and Northern Mockingbirds are bathing at this same spot..

CoastalJHawk 6 years ago

This is a very cool series. I think Cooper's also from what I see in the Sibley Guide. It's on this weekend! I want to see something like this.

Liam 6 years ago

This site is very helpful when IDing Coops and Sharpies:

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

What a very cool spotting!

Great series! I agree with Liam that it's a Cooper's Hawk - I have a Sharp-shinned that hangs around my house. The Cooper's usually have a rounded tail while Sharp-shinned are squared.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 6 years ago

look at the banded tail in picture 4. That usually is either coopers or sharp shinned
Here is how you would differentiate between the two.
Liam is correct.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Wonderful series!

Liam 6 years ago

A Goshawk in Florida would be nearing impossible.
Okay, well maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but a Goshawk in Florida is very improbable. This is either a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk, and the large size, stern expression, and overall proportions suggest Cooper's.

nala10 6 years ago

I think it might bve a goshawk it is found in the book Wildlife Fact File! it would not let me put it in refference though.

KarenL 6 years ago

What a wonderful series! I especially love the third photo!

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Spectacular!!! What a show! Great spotting!

ebsharrett1950 6 years ago

Very nice series. Did you offer a towel?

Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Lat: 30.44, Long: -84.28

Spotted on Feb 29, 2012
Submitted on Feb 29, 2012

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