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The most common and adaptable of the three 'Accipiter' species over most of North America is the Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii).
They are fierce and maneuverable hunters of forest and woodland settings. They also occur in gardens and around bird feeders, taking advantage of concentrations of potential prey such as doves and finches. As with all raptors, females are larger and heavier than males,
but otherwise are similar in appearance. Adults are bluish-gray in color on their crown, back, rump, wings and tail, the latter marked with broad black bands. They are reddish-brown from the throat to the belly, marked with numerous and narrow white cross-bars. Their under-tail feathers are white and fluffy, sometimes visible when perched. Adults also have orange-to-red eyes. Immature birds are generally brown on the upper-parts and whitish on the under-parts, marked with bold length-wise streaks. Their eyes are bright yellow. As with other 'Accipiters', Cooper's hawks fly with a combination of several fast wing-beats then a glide, repeated as they go. Their rounded-tipped tail helps distinguish this species from their smaller cousin, the sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Claude G. Edwards

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