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.


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

  • Pippy Park

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    NIKON D500
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 300mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f8.0
    ISO 450


Accipiter cooperi