Cooper’s Hawk in Winter

cooper's hawk on a branch with snow falling in winter
Cooper’s Hawk.

Appearance: Cooper’s hawk is a medium-sized bird about 15-18″ long. They’re blue-gray with rusty underparts, and a black cap.

Winter diet: Medium-sized birds such as doves, jays, and robins as well as small mammals as large as squirrels.

Winter feeder food: They don’t visit feeders.

Winter habitat: Cooper’s hawks remain in their year-round range throughout winter: most of the US except for the northern most states of northern Washington, northern Idaho, Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota, the northern halves of Wisconsin & Michigan, and states north and east of New York. Others migrate south into Mexico for warmer temps. They prefer forests and forested areas.

Range Map

Cooper's hawk range map.
Cooper’s hawk range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.