Cooper's HawksAccipiter cooperii
The Cooper’s Hawk has a body length of 15 - 19 inches, a wingspan of 2 1/4 - 3 1/4 feet, and weighs 8 - 21 ounces. The female is larger and her weight range does not overlap with the male bird.
Cooper’s Hawks live in dense canopied evergreen and deciduous forests or inriparian zones throughout southern Canada and the continental United States. The hawks in the northern part of their range will migrate as far south as Central America.
The Cooper’s Hawk eats small to medium birds and mammals. They hunt by patrolling forest edges and clearings, or from a perch. When prey is seen, the hawk pursues the prey with a great burst of speed.
This hawk builds a broad, flat stick nest in a tree near the trunk. The female lays 3 - 6 eggs that are incubated for 30 - 34 days. The young fledge from the nest at 4 - 5 weeks of age. Birds are sexually mature in 2 years.