Cooper's Hawk

  • Scientific name: Accipiter cooperii
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Genus: Accipiter
  • Species: A. cooperii

Fun Facts


  • Cooper's Hawks are also known as Chicken Hawks, because they preyed on farmers chickens. They were heavily hunted by farmers for this reason.
  • Because Cooper's Hawks feed primarily on birds, they have to fly through vegetation and trees to catch their prey. A study of more than 300 Cooper's Hawk skeletons showed 23% had old healed fractures.
  • A Cooper's Hawk catches its prey with its feet and squeezes it repeatedly to kill it. They also have been known to hold their prey underwater to drown it.
Cooper's Hawk