Cooper's Hawk Webcam


Early in 2013 the Saskatchewan Science Centre and Wascana Centre identified a Cooper's Hawk nest in Wascana Park.  The Cooper's Hawk laid 5 eggs - and they all hatched on camera! You can view some select clips from last year on our YouTube account

The camera was back for 2014 with new eggs which hatched succesfully. However, in late June viewers of the camera noticed the hatchlings acting strangely, and then activity in the nest ceased. Subsequent investigation found that the hatchlings were deceased. The camera was taken offline for investigation. The Wascana Park naturalists were unable to determine a cause of death.

If possible, the camera will return in 2015.

Cooper's Hawk Facts

Scientific Name: Accipiter cooperii

Size: 25-50 cm (simialr to a crow) Female birds are larger than males.

Appearance: The Cooper's Hawk has a long, white-tipped tail and short, rounded wings. The female's tail appears rounded, even when folded. They look very similar to a sharp-shinned hawk, although they are distinct species. The adults have a large, angular head that almost seems too big for it's body, and a thick torso with a low centre of gravity. They feature a dark cap of feathers which are often raised in a crest at the back of the head, along with lighter neck feathers and a light brown chest flecked with white. Juvenile Cooper's Hawks feature a white underside with necks that appear to be a pale reddish-brown colour.

Cooper's Hawk at Feeder

Adult Cooper's Hawk


Habitat: Cooper's Hawks are frequenty found livng near the edges of open deciduous woodlands, in open grasslands, and river groves. They are increasingly moving into urban areas where they can find prey.

Diet: Active hunters, they feed on small and medium sized birds and mammals, and are often seen near bird-feeders which attract their prey.

Fun Facts: Cooper's Hawks fly with slow, regular wing beats followed by brief periods of gliding. The male birds build the nest and provide food for the mother and babies until the young birds leave the nest at about 90 days.

Accipiter cooperii Syracuse NY

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk




Special Thanks To

Wascana Centre


Additional Resources:

Peterson, R., A Field Guide to Western Birds, 3rd Ed., Houghton Mifflin Company, US, 1990.

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