Cooper's hawk


Coo·​per's hawk ˈkü-pərz- How to pronounce Cooper's hawk (audio)
: an American hawk (Accipiter cooperii) that is larger than the similarly colored sharp-shinned hawk and has a more rounded tail

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Examples of Cooper's hawk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bald eagle, American goldfinch, Cooper's hawk, red-tailed hawk, and eastern bluebird are a few of the species expected to be present in the sanctuary. Arkansas Online, 18 July 2022 And rarely, a Cooper's hawk, coyote or red fox will make a rush through the feeding zone. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Feb. 2022 The Cooper's hawk? Pamela Miller, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021

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Word History


William Cooper †1864 American naturalist

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Cooper's hawk was in 1828

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Cooper's hawk

Coo·​per's hawk ˈkü-pərz- How to pronounce Cooper's hawk (audio)
: an American hawk that has a rounded tail and is slightly smaller than a crow

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