Cooper's Hawk

Scientific name:  Accipiter cooperii

Easily seen in large numbers only at certain hawkwatching sites during migration, the Cooper’s Hawk is more solitary and harder to find during the rest of the year. While shooting and pesticides once reduced the Cooper’s Hawk’s population, it has recovered well in many parts of its range and is reoccupying former breeding areas.

Cooper’s Hawks don’t typically breed until they are two years old. Males have a stronger tendency to return to breeding areas from one year to the next than females. Home range sizes vary greatly, ranging from 32 acres to over 4,000 acres for individual birds.