Can anyone tell me what kind of HAWK this is?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by WCflockers, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. WCflockers

    WCflockers In the Brooder

    May 7, 2013
    Sorry for the bad picture quality, but I was so nervous when I saw him on the fence right next to our coop that I was shaking. We have not had Hawk issues before (have been free ranging since spring) but since this picture, all of a sudden, have noticed more hovering/ circling above...and a few dive bomb attempts. (One with my husband, son and two dogs outside right near the chicken that was targeted!)
  2. It looks like a Cooper's Hawk, one of the three species of hawks that makes up the so called "Chicken" hawk brand.
  3. It looks like a Cooper's Hawk, one of the three species of hawks that makes up the so called "Chicken" hawk brand.
  4. bluebirdnanny

    bluebirdnanny Songster

    Feb 16, 2013
    Can't tell for sure. But with the tail barring I think possible Red Tail. Was there a mottled arching bar across the chest? If so definite Red Tail.

    Can you give us a comparison size to blue jay, crow, or raven?

    Really doesn't matter WHICH kind of hawk as all hawks will take chickens.:( Vultures now usually only take deceased or rotting carrion. :)
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    It looks like a red tail to me too, but Coopers are pretty similar.
    This is migration time for hawks. They were circling above my coop all summer, now they've come to your house for a visit :/
    They make me nervous too, we don't free range much anymore :(
  6. Ron D

    Ron D In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2013
    Looks like a young red tail to me. But I can't really tell.

    Around hear it doesn't really matter hawks are to chickens what snakes are to eggs

    The type don't matter, they are all bad for chickens
  7. It is either a Sharp-Shinned hawk or a Cooper's Hawk. Sharp shinned Hawks and Cooper's hawk target birds almost exclusively. The barring on the tail feathers is the defining feature as the red-tailed does not have that. I'm leaning towards the Cooper's hawk because of the size of the bird.
  8. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    It looks like a Cooper's hawk to me too, especially given the barring on the tail. Does it look like the Cooper's hawk in the pictures below? They really don't fear humans much at all, urban hawks even less so.

  9. fred2sheebs

    fred2sheebs Hatching

    Sep 13, 2013
    The picture is fuzzy but I think it is either a "Sharp Shinned hawk or a Swainsons hawk We have a lot of them here in MO. but mostly large Red Tailed hawks
  10. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

    Jul 28, 2008
    Or a Goshawk. Hard to say without knowing what size it is.

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