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Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

2 Species ID Suggestions

Doren B
Doren B 7 years ago
Coopers Hawk
Accipiter cooperii Cooper's Hawk

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JimmyE 7 years ago

thank you guys! i wish i could of got a better shot or different angle.

QWMom 7 years ago

Agree with the Cooper's hawk IDs - and I learned a quick ID tip off the tail! :)

gatorfellows 7 years ago

Here is a handy info page that compares the sharp-shinned and coopers side by side with photos and ID words, including juveniles:

AshleyT 7 years ago

Definitely a Cooper's Hawk, you can clearly see the rounded tail. Nice spotting!

Doren B
Doren B 7 years ago

Based upon the shape of the tail and the apparent size of this bird, I believe it is a Coopers Hawk. Nice spotting!

It can be very difficult to tell the difference between Coopers Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks, but the rounded tail feathers in your second photo suggest that this is a Coopers.

JoeHartman 7 years ago

I am in favour of the Sharp-shinned Hawk, because it has the white vent too, something that Cooper's Hawk does not have, I believe.

JimmyE 7 years ago

I think you might be right QWMom. We will see if we get same or different opinions

QWMom 7 years ago

Not going to us "Suggest an ID" because I am far from certain, but I think you have a cute little Sharp-Shinned Hawk there.

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Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Oct 16, 2013
Submitted on Oct 16, 2013

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