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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

  • Cooper's Hawk (en)
  • Gavilán de Cooper (es)
  • Épervier de Cooper (fr)
  • Rundschwanzsperber (de)


  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Accipiter striatus

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.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

Park Angrignon, Montreal 1 0 0 0
Park Mont-Royal 0 0 1 1
Park Pointe aux Prairies 1 0 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

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.


Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Park Mont-Royal - 2016-03-20

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f7.1; Iso 800;

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Park Mont-Royal - 2015-10-03

NIKON D7100; 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 105mm; Exposure 1/125; Aperture f5.6; Iso 800;

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