Indiana, USA – February 2022
Cooper’s hawk is native to North America, and its range extends from Canada across the United States to Mexico. In the past, these birds were heavily persecuted because they were thought to prey on poultry. Later, their populations were decimated by the use of pesticides that interfered with reproduction. Meanwhile, populations are gradually recovering. However, their habitat is dwindling due to progressive habitat destruction.
The picture shows a young bird with yellow eyes and the typical plumage. At the age of about 2 years, they become sexually mature. Then the eyes turn red and also the feathers change pattern and color.