Canon Powershot SX40HS, Tucson Arizona October 2013
Cooper’s Hawk preys on small birds, often making swift surprise attacks at bird feeders. Because of the similar bold raids on domestic poultry , this species was once shot as a “chicken hawk” and a bounty was paid for it; this practice was ended in the mid-20th century.
Coopers is a very common sight in autumn migration, as well as in deciduous and mixed woodlands.
Identification Pale nape fives capped look, heavier legs and longer tail than Sharp-shinned Hawk
VOICE A nasal kih, much lower-pitched than Sharp-shinned Hawk, usually given in long, staccato, chattering series.