Cooper's Hawk is one of the many hawks known as "Chicken Hawk". It was once shot regularly because of their threat to poultry. Cooper's Hawk is medium sized, 14-20 inches long and has a wingspan of 30 to 36 inches. Their back is grey-blue and their underside is white streaked brownish. The head is capped with black and the tail is barred black. The tail is rounded, and the eyes are orange or red. As with other raptors, the female is larger than the male. Immatures are brown bodied, and have white undersides streaked with brown. Their eyes are yellow.
Cooper's Hawk is found from Southern Canada to the Southern United States. They prefer woodlands and are sometimes spotted in the city. Nests are made of sticks in the upper parts of deciduous trees. 2 to 5 eggs are laid, bluish white to greenish white, usually spotted with brown. They usually return to the same nest year after year but is not totally monogamous.
Cooper's Hawk mainly preys on birds, but may take in small mammals. They are somewhat common, and have no federal conservation listings. However, many states do list them as "threatened".