• Peak Breeding Activity: March
• Incubation: 32-36 days
• Clutch Size: 4-5 eggs
• Young Fledge: 27-34 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: birds and small mammals
Cooper's hawks are medium-sized birds (about the size of a crow) with shorter, rounded wings. The tail is long and is crossed by several dark bands with a distinct white band at the tip. Adults have slate-gray upperparts and a dark cap. The underparts are finely barred with a rusty color.
Habitat and Habits
These hawks prefer deciduous forests and open woodland habitats with occasional open meadows and clearings.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Cooper's hawks are monogamous and some pairs may even mate for life. Breeding begins in early spring and a nest of sticks and twigs is made in a tree, high above the ground. Both parents care for the young.