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Raptor! Australia’s Diurnal Birds of Prey Part I

There are 6 main groups of birds that take prey during the day: ospreys, kites, hawks, eagles, harriers and falcons.  This post deals with the first three of that list. I’ve tried to find pho…

Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) ~ A crow-sized hawk (males can be smaller), blue-gray on the back & head, with horizontal orange barring on the breast & belly (mature). *Very* similar to sharp-shinned hawk. Extremely fast, agile flier through thick canopies, preys on small to medium birds & occasionally small mammals. Year-round in Arkansas.