Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter cooperi)

A small sized hawk with a dark cap and dark blue-grey back. Habitat occurs in a wide range of woodland and forest types. It surprises its prey from cover or while flying through dense vegetation.

How to Identify

Very similar to Cooper’s Hawk but smaller. Hunting behaviour and habitat is also similar although my impression is that this species more often flies fast low over the ground while searching for prey. A distinctive character is the form of the head which is round.

Where and When to Spot

I never identified this species in parks in or around Montreal. The only time I observed this species was in Newfoundland.

Common Names

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Eckschwanzsperber (de)
Gavilán americano (es)
Épervier brun (fr)


Accipiter cooperi

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