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Sharp-shinned hawk Accipiter striatus

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK ADULT
(Accipiter striatus)
Note:  See the difference between the adult above &
the juvenile below.  And the difference between the juveniles of both the Sharp-shinned & the Coopers Hawk in the images below.

Male: to 11"                                      Female: to14"
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SHARP-SHINNED HAWK JUVENILE
(Accipiter striatus)

STAKE NOTE OF THE EVEN TAIL FEATHERS
WHICH GIVE THE APEARANCE OF THE TAIL BEING SQUARE.  
CONTRAST IT TO THE SHORTER EDGE FEATHERS IN THE TAIL OF THE COOPERS HAWK WHICH GIVE THE APEARANCE OF BEING ROUNDED. SEE IMAGE BELOW.

The Cooper's Hawk (Accipter cooperii) 

ADULT

Also take note of the longer legs and talons with a more triangular head.

As with Accipter striatus the eye of the adult Coopers Hawk goes from yellow as a juvenile to orange & red as  it ages as an adult.

Showing the individual above to be a fairly young adult.


Male: To 11"                                      Female: To 18"  


The Cooper's Hawk (Accipter cooperii)

Juvenile