Baking: Cooper’s Hawk

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Accipiter cooperii

Length: 10-15 in Wingspan: 30-35 in Weight: 0.5 lbs

Identification:

Gray back and light front with reddish barring. Compared to Sharp-Shinned Hawk, Cooper’s is larger (roughly crow sized), has a round-ended tail, and has larger head. In flight, tail is long and wings are rounded.

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Distribution:

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Range map by Neotropical Birds

Cool Facts:

Relative to soaring hawks, accipiters like the Cooper’s Hawk have long, slender toes and needle-like talons used to repeatedly puncture prey to death, rather than crushing it.

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References:

All About Birds

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