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About the Cooper's Hawk

The Cooper's Hawk, with its striking red eyes, is a medium-sized hawk that breeds from southern Canada to northern Mexico and winters as far south as Panama. The bird was named after the naturalist William Cooper, one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Numbers of Cooper's Hawks declined in the past from hunting and pesticide poisoning. But since the ban of pesticide DDT in 1972 the Cooper's Hawk has thrived.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 28 October 2008
Scientific Name Accipiter cooperii
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Accipiter
  • A. cooperii
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
15 inches
29 inches
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Jestřáb Cooperův (Czech)
  • Gråkronet Duehøg (Danish)
  • Cooper-sperwer (Dutch)
  • Kyyhkyhaukka (Finnish)
  • Épervier de Cooper (French)
  • Rundschwanzsperber (German)
  • Sparviero di Cooper (Italian)
  • クアパアハイタカ (Ku-pa-haitaka) (Japanese)
  • Trostehauk (Norwegian)
  • Krogulec Czarnolbisty (Polish)
  • Ястреб Купера (Russian)
  • Gavilán de Cooper (Spanish)
  • Coopers Hök (Swedish)

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