The Cooper's Hawk is a member of the accipiter family. It is a medium-sized hawk with short rounded wings and a long rounded tail. Females are larger than males. The legs are yellow. The eyes are yellow in younger birds and orange or red in older birds. Sexes are similar in plumage but males, on average, are more brightly colored than females. Back and upper wing coverts are brown to bluish-gray in adults. Back and upper wing coverts are medium brown in juveniles, with some white mottling and rufous feather edging. Adults have barred rufous underparts and juveniles have streaked brownish underparts. In adults, dark blue-gray crown contrasts with lighter-colored nape. Tail has alternating bands of dark and light brown, or blue-gray in adults, brown tail bands in juveniles, typically having 4 or 5 bands. The tail is white-tipped, though this often gets worn down after time.
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Sample of a color band
If you see a Cooper's Hawk or have one nesting in your area, please Contact Us. If you are able to read the color band, please include that in your report.