The Cooper's Hawk, Accipiter cooperii, is a medium-sized hawk native to North America, ranging from Mexico to southern Canada. These birds of prey live in forests but have also adapted to live in more urban environments and mixed habitats. Their sharp eyesight makes them excellent hunters, preying mostly on birds such as robins, jays, and doves. They also hunt small mammals, including chipmunks, ground squirrels, mice, and bats.
The Cooper's Hawk has a wingspan ranging from 75-94 cm and females are usually larger than males. In the wild, they can live up to 12 years, but many young hawks do not survive their first year. Cooper’s hawks breed once per year and usually lay between 3-5 eggs per season.
Discovery Kit: Zoology (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Zoology (April 2020) Zoologists and animal lovers alike can investigate unique animal specimens from habitats all around the world. Discover where these animals live, what they eat and what makes them special!