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Cooper’s Hawk

Accipiter cooperii
Hawk family (Accipitridae)

A small hawk, about the size of a crow. Short rounded wings and long narrow tail. Bluish-gray back, light below with reddish-brown barring.

Nests in extensive forests. Nest is a platform of sticks, placed in a tree 10 to 70 feet above the ground. Eggs are pale blue-green with dark marks. Clutch size – 3 to 4 eggs.


Vocal during breeding season.  Loud repeated “kek kek kek kek” given during alarm or during pair interaction.

Name Origin:

The genus name Accipiter is from the Latin for “hawk.”  The species cooperii was named in 1828 after ornithologist William C. Cooper.

In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident.