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Cooper's Hawk

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Cooper's Hawk, also called Chicken Hawks can be a friend or a foe. If you are a gardener, and want to control nuisance birds, small mammals and rodents, then the Cooper's Hawk can be your ally. If you are a chicken farmer, or have a backyard bird feeder this hawk is definitely a foe.

This swift and skillful flier is a medium sized hawk, whose habitat are common woodlands, and woods. They can be seen soaring above  the woodlands, or swiftly flying thorough dense vegetation, ready to swoop down upon their prey. Contact with their prey is very fast, nothing short of a high speed collision. The birds can fracture bones in their chest in the collision. You may also find them sitting on a branch, awaiting an unsuspecting birds at your bird feeder. Related to the Sharp-Shinned Hawk, the Cooper's Hawk lives up to 12 years. They are native to North America, ranging from Southern Canada to Northern Mexico.

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Cooper's Hawk diet consists primarily of small and medium sized birds. This includes your favorite backyard songbirds, Chicken, Blue Jays, Robins, Thrushes, Starlings, Pigeons and Mourning Doves, and others. They are known to rob nests of eggs and hatchlings. Their diet also includes small mammals, including chipmunks, mice, rats, squirrels and bats. In turn, the Copper's Hawk is prey to larger hawks, eagles and the Great Horned Owl.

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The Cooper's Hawk kills their prey, by continually squeezing the prey with it's sharp talons. They will also drown their prey.

Other Names: Blue Darter, Chicken Hawk, Hen Hawk, Swift Hawk, Striker


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