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Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

Description:

"Size & Shape:: A medium-sized hawk with the classic accipiter shape: broad, rounded wings and a very long tail. In Cooper’s Hawks, the head often appears large, the shoulders broad, and the tail rounded. Color Pattern:: Adults are steely blue-gray above with warm reddish bars on the underparts and thick dark bands on the tail. Juveniles are brown above and crisply streaked with brown on the upper breast, giving them a somewhat hooded look compared with young Sharp-shinned Hawks' more diffuse streaking. Behavior:: Look for Cooper’s Hawks to fly with a flap-flap-glide pattern typical of accipiters. Even when crossing large open areas they rarely flap continuously. Another attack maneuver is to fly fast and low to the ground, then up and over an obstruction to surprise prey on the other side." ~allaboutbirds.org

Habitat:

"Wooded habitats from deep forests to leafy subdivisions and backyards." ~allaboutbirds.org

Notes:

I saw this Cooper's on my backyard fence with a European Starling dead in it's talons.

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26 Comments (1–25)

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Thanks Nopayahnah and Carol! : ) This is probably my favourite series of mine!! haha

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Great series! Congrats. I like your video. Very impressive.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Can't say I enjoyed it but it was interesting; kept thinking, poor starling...

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Uploaded a short video of the hawk tearing off the starling's feathers! Enjoy!!

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Thank you SmallWonders! : )

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Great spot!!

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Added a few more shots !

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Thank you Karen! : )

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Great series Veetorius!
Welcome to Project Noah!

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Yes Ava! I agree.. although many people aren't a huge fan of starlings. Circle of life, eh? ; )

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Poor starling! But fantastic shot, indeed!

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

I'm actually really excited to have found Project Noah!! Thank you Ismael!! : )

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Great series! welcome to the community

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Thank you Mary! : )

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Wonderful spotting

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Thank you Alice!! : )

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Fantastic Pose!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

You are welcome.

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Thank you Satyen! : )

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Amazing 1st shot and lovely information.

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Thanks Sachin! : )
I added 2 more shots too!!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Nice spotting,

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Thanks Arun! : )

Arun
Arun 9 years ago

Welcome to the 'Hunter' mission .. Superbb shot

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Thank you Cindy! He was about to take off (hence the wings spread!)

Veetorious
Spotted by
Veetorious

Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Dec 7, 2011
Submitted on Jan 13, 2012

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