A North American bird of prey resembling but smaller than the goshawk.
- Accipiter cooperii, family Accipitridae.
- I looked below the feeding area and up flew a young Cooper's hawk with a house sparrow in its talons.
- A Cooper's hawk forced down a couple of black ducks crossing the marsh, but then passed over them - a practice attack maneuver.
- Occasionally, a Cooper's hawk streaks through the yard, creating quite a scare for both the birds and myself.
Early 19th century: named after William Cooper (1798–1864), American naturalist.
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Syllabification: Coo·per's hawk
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