Medium-sized big-headed hawk. Diurnal migratory raptor species from North America can be found in the desert of Sonora, Mexico, although some specimens migrate to the south, where some specimens can even be seen in Panama. It can have a regulatory effect on prey populations and on the maintenance of local diversity. They are solitary birds, except in the breeding season when they form pairs to nest.
Cooper’s hawk lives mainly in mature, broad-leaved or large forests; also in riparian forests, mature conifer forests, pine-oak forests, pine plantations, semi-arid forests, land with some open parts, and trees spaced and in some places near rivers or lakes. It is easier to observe it near clearings in woods, along roads, or open places.
It feeds mainly on vertebrates and about 80% of its diet is provided by birds; its diet also includes mammals such as rabbits, rats, mice, and skunks; reptiles, frogs, and some insects such as beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, and some butterflies.
It can be observed most often near wooded areas or hunting around bushed and open areas.