Cooper's hawk
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: Accipiter cooperii
The Cooper's hawk is a bird of prey native to the North american continent.

Description Edit

The Cooper's hawk is a medium-sized bird. It is about 40-50cm long and has a wingspan of 60-90cm. The male is much smaller than the female. Adults have red eyes, a black cap, blue-gray upperparts with darker primary remiges and creamy-white underparts with fine, thin, reddish bars. Bill and feet are yellow, and the beak's tip is black. The tail is long and squared, while the wings are short, broad and rounded. The uppertail is gray, barred with darker gray. Cooper's hawk size helpes to tell it from a Sharp-shinned Hawk, another American bird of prey big that is about 30cm long.

Behavior Edit

Like other raptors in the genus accipiter, the Cooper's Hawk feeds mainly on small birds, like meadowlarks, sparrows, trushes, jays, grosbeaks, pigeons and finches. Thanks to its short, rounded wings and long tail, this hawk can fly nimbly and quickly through the woods to chase birds. Infact, the Cooper's Hawk natural habitat are woods, even if sometimes it is possible to find this hawk in suburban areas, in particular in gardens, where it hunts birds attending the feeders. The nest is built on a tree and is made of twigs and straw. The bird lays about five white eggs in it. The Cooper's Hawk is preyed on by larger raptors, like peregrine falcons, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, goshawks and some kinds of owls.

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