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.
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.
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
Bird Control Methods:
You enjoy watching birds feed at your feeders. Bur, you don't want
enjoy them feeding on your fruits and vegetables. Gardeners, want to
see them only at the feeders.
See Bird Control Methods
Bird Netting and Frames
Feed the Birds Day - Celebrate your wild
State Birds - what is your state's bird?
Bird Feeding Reference Chart - See
what your favorite birds like to eat.
Holidays There's a special day to celebrate birds.