Cooper's Hawk

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.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

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.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

Rundschwanzsperber [de]
Cooper's Hawk [en]
Gavilán de Cooper [es]
Épervier de Cooper [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Accipiter striatus


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Similar Species

Sharp-shinned Hawk