Cooper's hawk Accipiter cooperii

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Immature Northern Goshawks are similar in shape and patterning to immature Cooper's Hawks, but are larger, with proportionately shorter tails, bulkier bodies and thicker black streaking extending all the way to the undertail coverts. Sharp-shinned Hawks are typically smaller, with shorter, squared-off tails and shorter heads that do not project as far when flying. Immature Sharp-shinneds have thicker, denser streaking that extends farther down the belly and a thinner terminal band of white. Adults have less well-defined caps. Immature Red-shouldered Hawks have pale crescents in the wing and shorter tails.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

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