Cooper's Hawk, & Sharp-shinned Hawk - Study skins and ID Notes
Today (January 23rd) I spent a few hours at the Canadian Museum of Nature Collections Facility in Gatineau, QC. The focus for today's visit was Accipters; specifically, Sharp-shinned (SSHA) and Cooper's Hawk (COHA) identification. I also spent some time with the Northern Goshawk (NOGO) skins and have included some notes/photos on it, as well.
Accipiter ID is real challenging - most especially differentiating between A) Sharp-shinned vs. Cooper's Hawk and B) Juvenile accipiters. My hope is that the collection of photos below serve as an identification and learning resource to those interested in accipiters.
To note, the idea for these photos/captions stems from a browse of this webpage: http://slatermuseum.blogspot.ca/2013/06/accipiters-in-museum.html.
Anyhow - thanks for visiting. Enjoy the pics
quick note on size: I use terms like "small", "typical", and "large." These terms coincide with the averages presented on BNA & Cornell. At the CMN, each study skin is tagged and details like length and weight are visible on each respective tag. I used what I knew of each species' size range (below) to form size judgments in relation to averages.
Sharp-shinned Hawk: Both Sexes: Length: 9.4–13.4 in. Weight: 87–218 g
Coopers Hawk: Male Lgth: 14.6–15.4 in. Wt: 220–410 g. Female Lgth: 16.5–17.7 in. Wt: 330–680 g
Northern Goshawk: Both Sexes: Length: 20.9–25.2 in. Weight: 631–1364 g