Cooper's Hawk

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 28 October 2008
Scientific Name
Accipiter cooperii
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Accipiter
  • A. cooperii
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
15 inches
29 inches


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Jestřáb Cooperův
Danish (Dansk) Gråkronet Duehøg
Dutch (Nederlands) Cooper-sperwer
Finnish (Suomi) Kyyhkyhaukka
French (Français) Épervier de Cooper
German (Deutsch) Rundschwanzsperber
Italian (Italiano) Sparviero di Cooper
Japanese (日本語) クアパアハイタカ (Ku-pa-haitaka)
Norwegian (Norsk) Trostehauk
Polish (Polski) Krogulec Czarnolbisty
Russian (русский язык) Ястреб Купера
Spanish (Español) Gavilán de Cooper
Swedish (Svenska) Coopers Hök
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