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Cooper's Hawk Accipiter striatus

Cooper's Hawk Accipiter striatus

Aves > Accipitriformes > Accipitridae

Names in different Languages

GermanRundschwanzsperber
EnglishCooper's Hawk
FrenchÉpervier de Cooper
SpanishGavilán de Cooper

Description

A medium-sized hawk native to the Montreal area. Can be observed all year long in different parks. Difficult to spot as this species prefers to sit quietly on lower branches of trees looking out for prey.

How to Identify

Difficult to identify with certainty as the Sharp-shinned Hawk looks very similar. Shape and proportion of head and the square end of tail feathers while sitting are distinctive characteristics.

Where When to Spot

All year around although less frequent in winter. Best time of the year to spot this species is in April when the lack of foliage provides better view in forests. Look out for lower branches of trees.

Photos

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Observations

Park Angrignon, Montreal2022-04-10
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies2019-04-13
Montreal Botanical Garden2019-02-17
Park Mont-Royal2016-03-20
Park Mont-Royal2015-10-03