Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

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 and 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 of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, March 20, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f7.1
    ISO 800

  • Park Mont Royal

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

    Focal Length 105mm
    Shutter Speed 1/125s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 800


Accipiter striatus