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Cooper's Hawk
Accipiter cooperii

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Increasing.

Other Names: Chicken Hawk.

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Accipiter cooperii
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Distribution: Nearctic/Neotropical. CANADA and UNITED STATES south to northern MEXICO; winters commonly to southern MEXICO and GUATEMALA, occasionally to HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA, PANAMA, and rarely to COLOMBIA. more....

Subspecies: Monotypic.

Taxonomy: Forms a superspecies with A. gundlachi, A. bicolor, and A. chilensis (Amadon 1964, Stresemann and Amadon 1979, Sibley and Monroe 1990).

Movements: Partial migrant and also an altitudinal migrant in some areas (Bildstein 2006). Bildstein and Zalles (2001) estimated that less than 10,000 individuals reach Mesoamerica in migration. more....

Habitat and Habits: Occurs in various types of mixed and deciduous forests and open woodlands, including small woodlots, riparian woodlands in dry country, open and pinyon woodlands, and forested mountainous regions (de Graaf et al. 1991) and also now nests in many cities. In the Pacific Northwest, Cooper's Hawks tend to occur in hardwood forests, whereas Sharp-shinned Hawks are in coniferous forests (Smith et al. 1997).

Breeding: more....

Conservation: Common in virtually all parts of its range. Categorized globally as a species of "Least Concern" by BirdLife International (2009). more....

Important References: 
Bent, A.C. 1937. Life histories of North American birds of prey. Order
  Falconiformes (Part 1). U.S. National Museum Bulletin 167.
Curtis, O.E., R.N. Rosenfield, and J. Bielefeldt. 2006. Cooper's Hawk
  (Accipiter cooperii). In A. Poole (ed.), The Birds of North America
  online. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY.
Ferguson-Lees, J., and D.A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the world. Houghton
  Mifflin, Boston, MA.
Lerner, H.R., and D.P. Mindell. 2005. Phylogeny of eagles, Old World
  vultures, and other Accipitridae based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA.
  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 37:327-346.
Rosenfield, R.N., and J. Bielefeldt. 1993. Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter
. In A. Poole and F. Gill (eds.), The Birds of North America
  no. 75. The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA and the American
  Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.
White, C.M. 1994. Cooper's Hawk. P. 161 in del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott, and
  J. Sargatal (eds). Handbook of birds of the world. Vol. 2. New World
  vultures to guineafowl. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Sites of Interest:
Cooper's Hawk photos.

Allen, Deborah
Bloom, Peter
Booms, Travis
Cayo Cervantes, Biol. Luis Alberto
Crocoll, Scott
Enderson, James
Goodrich, Laurie
Kennedy, Pat
Lincer, Jeff
Millsap, Brian
Moore, Stan
Ramos, Ernesto
Rodríguez Santana, Freddy
Smith, Brian
Smith, Jeff
Speiser, Robert
Waks, V.J.

Last modified: 5/15/2014

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