The Cooper's hawk photo album

Compare these photos of Cooper's hawks (above and left) with the sharp-shinned hawk below left. These birds were photographed in a city park in Springfield. The ability of these deep forest hawks to adapt to semi-urban environments is one reason the Cooper's hawk has recovered in Illinois.

The sharp-shinned hawk is a smaller cousin of the Cooper's hawk. They are less than 12 inches in length.

Photographs by Dennis Oehmke

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