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Cooper's Hawk - Accipiter striatus

Cooper's Hawk - Accipiter striatus

A medium-sized hawk native to the Montreal area. Can be observed all year long in different parks. Difficult to spot as this species prefers to sit quietly on lower branches of trees looking out for prey.

Common Names

How to Identify

Difficult to identify with certainty as the Sharp-shinned Hawk looks very similar. Shape and proportion of head and the square end of tail feathers while sitting are distinctive characteristics.

Where & When to Spot

All year around although less frequent in winter. Best time of the year to spot this species is in April when the lack of foliage provides better view in forests. Look out for lower branches of trees.

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Park Mont-Royal - March 20, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f7.1; Iso 800;
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Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Park Mont-Royal - October 03, 2015

NIKON D7100; 18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 105mm; Exposure 1/125; Aperture f5.6; Iso 800;
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