Cooper's Hawk, a Predatory Bird

Coopers Hawk

The Cooper's Hawk is a Friend or a Foe

Cooper’s Hawk, also called a Chicken Hawk. can be a friend or a foe. If you are a gardener and want to control nuisance birds, small mammals, and rodents, then the Cooper’s Hawk is your ally. If you are a chicken farmer or have a backyard bird feeder, this hawk is definitely a foe.

This swift and skillful flier is a medium-sized hawk, whose habitat is common woodlands, and woods. They can be seen soaring above the woodlands or swiftly flying through dense vegetation, ready to swoop down upon their prey. Contact with their prey is very fast, nothing short of a high-speed collision. The birds can fracture bones in their chest in the collision. You may also find them sitting on a branch, awaiting unsuspecting birds at your bird feeder. Related to the Sharp-Shinned Hawk, the Cooper’s Hawk lives up to 12 years. They are native to North America, ranging from Southern Canada to Northern Mexico.

Other Names: Blue Darter, Chicken Hawk, Hen Hawk, Swift Hawk, Striker


Coopers Hawks live up to 12 years.

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Cooper's Hawk Diet

Attention backyard bird watchers. The Cooper’s Hawk prey upon birds, including your backyard birds.  

Cooper’s Hawk diet consists primarily of small and medium-sized birds. This includes your favorite backyard songbirds, Chicken, Blue Jays, Robins, Thrushes, Starlings, Pigeons, Mourning Doves, and others. These hawks will also eat even bats. They are known to rob nests of eggs and hatchlings. Additionally, these hawks are known to eat frogs, insects, and snakes.

The Cooper’s Hawk kills their prey, by continually squeezing the prey with its sharp talons. They will also drown their prey.

In turn, the Copper’s Hawk is prey to larger hawks, eagles, and the Great Horned Owl.

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Bird Control

You enjoy watching birds feed at your feeders.  Bur, you don’t want to enjoy them feeding on your fruits and vegetables.  Gardeners, want to see them only at the feeders.

See Bird Control Methods

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