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Cooper's Hawk

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A Cooper's Hawk perched on my backyard fence looking for a songbird snack | 02/02/2023


The adult Cooper's Hawk has striking red eyes. Look for its striped tail and wings. It has mottled red and tan color on its chest, similar to a Red-shouldered Hawk but not clear striping.

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First observation

📆 09/08/2013
📍 Los Angeles, California

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Experiences & anecdotes

12/16/2022 - When I lived in California, I only saw this bird occasionally. While I was in Huntington Beach, I remember a Kestrel fluttering around a park field. It was perching on various power poles and would flutter in the air and zip around. I stalked it around the field watching it with my binoculars.

Nowadays, here in Texas, we see them all the time. I almost always spot them on power lines at Pearsall Park. Most aren’t skittish and will let me walk underneath them while they stay perched on the lines.

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A juvenile Cooper's Hawk resting on a branch | 10/13/2013

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Cooper's Hawk in flight. I usually look for a striped tail. | 05/18/2014

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Cooper's Hawk in a tree during Autumn | 12/21/2013

Audio recordings

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    • Listen to the calls of the Cooper's Hawk

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