Is this a Cooper's Hawk?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 6chicksinatub, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. 6chicksinatub

    6chicksinatub Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2011
    I'm in Tucson, AZ and we have a huge year-round Cooper's Hawk population. Is this an immature one?
    It's not the best picture, but is there enough detail to tell what kind of hawk this is?
  2. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Can't say for sure but it looks like what we have up here and we do have Coopers. It does look like a young one for the couple I've seen around here look bigger.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Could be. Could also be Sharp Shinned, Swainsons, Rough Legged.
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    To me, it looks like an immature red-tailed or ferruginous hawk. It doesn't look like a Cooper's at all. Cooper's have long, striped tails. The same goes for sharp-shinned. If it's bigger than a crow or raven, it's more likely one of the first two I mentioned.
  5. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Hi neighbor! [​IMG] It's hard to tell for certain from the pic, but it looks like a Red Tailed hawk to me. In the pics below, the one on the left is a Cooper's hawk. The one on the right is a Red Tailed hawk, it is significantly larger. The Red Tailed hawk is eating the Cooper's hawk pictured on the right, just to give you some scale. It's entirely possible that your hawk is the very same bird in my pic.

    Last edited: Dec 5, 2011
  6. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    I vote for red-tailed too.
  7. Choctaw Valley Farm

    Choctaw Valley Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2010
    Looks like it to me also.
  8. 6chicksinatub

    6chicksinatub Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2011
    Quote:You mean the Red-tailed is actually devouring the Cooper's?!

    Q: What do Red-tailed hawks eat?
    A: Anything they want.
  9. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    That is a red-tailed hawk. A coopers hawk will have a longer tail that is white underneath with brown horizontal bands.
  10. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Quote:Yes. That pic was taken last spring. We had pairs of Red Tailed, Cooper's and Kestrels all nesting on the block. The Cooper's and the Kestrels were constantly mobbing the Red Tail. Early one morning the we saw them collide with the Red Tail locking on to the Cooper's. The Cooper's can maneuver so much better, I never imagined that it's luck would run out like that. We were a bit bummed. The Cooper's spent a lot of time in the yard and really helped limit the number of doves and pigeons in the yard. It never bothered the chickens; they really didn't care about it and even stopped responding to it. Oddly enough, they do respond to the new Cooper's that drops in every couple of days. I suspect it is younger and has taken a few swipes at them.

    Quote:Pretty true! Immediately after dining on the Cooper's, the Red Tailed hawk began swooping into the yard after my chickens. Even though I was out there waving my arms at it, the hawk wasn't phased in the slightest. It had zero fear of me. It repeatedly swooped right around me after my girls until I could get them all into the run.

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