L 14-20"(36-51 cm) W 29-37"(74-94 cm).
Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)
Rapid “kek kek kek kek kek.”
photo by Phil Swanson
Description: Distinguished from similar Sharp-shinned Hawk by a rounded, not squared, tail. Also larger than Sharp-shinned. Male is slate blue above, with rust-colored cross-barring below. Female is larger than male, and brown-blue above with rusty bars below. In adult, look for strong contrast between back and crown. Immatures brown above, with brown streaking below.
Food: Diet consists mainly of songbirds, and will occasionally take small mammals.
Habitat: Associated with mature deciduous forests.
Where in Nebraska: Uncommon winter visitor and spring migrant across the state. May be local permanent resident. Becoming a common breeder statewide in towns and woodlands.
Fun Facts: Cooper's Hawks kill their prey by constriction unlike most hawk species who use biting as an effective killing method. They are often used as pigeon control in major cities.
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