Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Adult: female approximately crow size, male slightly smaller; sexes similar in coloration patterns;
Tail: long, slightly rounded with 3-4 bands; distinct white tip;
Throat: light with brown streaking;
Wings: underside light brown with brown or black barring on primaries and a distinct wide black band along
trailing edge of secondaries;
Breast and underside: cream or white, splotchy rust barring;
Head: sometimes crest present;
Eye: orange or red.
Immature: similar to adult;
Underside: white with dark vertical streaking;
Tail: indistinct bands of medium and dark brown;
Found in upland hardwoods or mixed coniferous forest; will nest in urban/suburban locales. Nests:
medium 18-26" in diameter in deciduous or coniferous trees. Typically observed hunting near bird feeders.
Summer statewide; more common in south. Winter: southern 1/2 of state.
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