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Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii | by neil.fisher
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Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii

Mr Coop - Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii

 

Easily one of the most talented avian pilots, the Cooper’s hawk navigates dense forest canopies with impressive speed in pursuit of a feathered meal. Although, the high speed lifestyle isn’t without its risks - a study of three hundred Cooper’s hawks showed twenty three percent had signs of healed fractures to bones in their chest, presumably from collisions with trees. Preying primarily on birds, small birds tend to be safer than medium-sized birds, such as mourning doves, starlings, robins and jays - who all frequently end up on the Cooper’s Hawk’s menu.

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Taken on October 12, 2017