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Cooper's ID & Sex & Behavior Question

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HI all,

I'm pretty sure these are two Cooper's hawks, right?

Safe to assume the larger is a female?

this photo was taken today in the Hudson Valley, NY. I know not all Cooper's migrate - so maybe hard to say if these two are migrating.

Would they be a pair? Seems late in the year to be mating?

 

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Actually, this looks like a Sharp-shinned Hawk(smaller bird with straight tail and bent "wings forward") harrassing a Cooper's Hawk(note rounded tail and straight wings)... both are juvenile birds.

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They're both juvenile Cooper's Hawks. Note the very broad white tail tip and, on the smaller bird, the contrastingly tawny hood. Male left, female right. Not a pair.

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