A Cooper's Hawk nabs another bird for lunch. www.flickr.com Cooper's Hawk at Warinanco Park
Female Wingspan: 29.5–35.4 in Male Wingspan: 24.4–35.4 in Female Weight: 11.6–24 oz Male Weight: 7.8–14.5 oz www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Cooper's Hawk, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. You’re most likely to see one prowling above a forest edge or field using just a few stiff wingbeats followed by a glide. With their smaller lookalike, the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawks make for famously tricky identifications. Both species are sometimes unwanted guests at bird feeders, looking for an easy meal (but not one of sunflower seeds).
www.flickr.com Coopers Hawk fly-by
Tree branches or streetlights are equally familiar to this versatile hawk. www.flickr.com Female Cooper's Hawk that waited very patiently for me to drive home get my camera come back and shoot quite a few frames. Usually I only see these birds at dusk whipping by at high speed low to the ground in search of prey. One even passed within two feet of my head one evening when I was photographing other birds.
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Yes, the Cooper's Hawk is also known as the "Chicken Hawk" - like this little guy you may remember from Looney Toons, perpetually chasing Foghorn J. Leghorn. www.youtube.com Lyrics: Barnyard Dawg: Chicken hawk, getting hungry! Chicken hawk, getting hungry! Henery Hawk: I want some chicken, to eat, it is my favorite meat! I like i...
Cooper's Hawk calling. www.youtube.com This adult Cooper's Hawk was calling in the backyard this morning. It was digiscoped as usual with my Leica APO Televid 82 mm spotting scope and the Leica D-...

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