Cooper's Hawk(I think)

Started Jan 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
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drj3 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,847
Re: Cooper's Hawk(I think)

Probably is a Cooper's Hawk, though it is very difficult to differentiate between Cooper and Sharp Shinned unless they are seen together.  The Cooper's is generally larger, but Sharp Shinned females can be as large as Cooper's males and there is overlap.  If you could see the tail feathers you would have a better identification.  The Cooper tail is typically more rounded whereas the Sharp Shinned tends to be square or even have a notch.  See the attached Cooper's with tail feathers of different length (appear rounded in flight)

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