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Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperi)

Vultures & Hawks Uncommon Year-Round
Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk - San Diego, CA
© Tom Benson

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk - Orange, CA
© Brad Singer

The Cooper's Hawk is an uncommon year-round resident on campus. It is a common year-round breeding resident in southern California, where it forages by hunting other (smaller) birds. It is often seen capturing birds at bird feeders.

High Count: 3, Average Count: 1-2

The adult Cooper's Hawk can be identified by its slaty blue upperparts and crown, reddish orange underparts, white rump and undertail coverts, long, banded tail, and orange-red eye. Juveniles have mostly brown upperparts, white underparts with brown streaking, and a yellow eye. It can be difficult to distinguish from the similar-looking Sharp-shinned Hawk, but is larger and has a longer, more rounded tail.