Definition of Cooper's hawk in English:

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Cooper's hawk

noun

A North American bird of prey resembling but smaller than the goshawk.
  • Accipiter cooperii.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Early 19th century: named after William Cooper (1798–1864), American naturalist.

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