The Coopers Hawk The Coopers Hawk was named after William Cooper, a naturalist who helped to found the New York Lyceum of Natural History. They are also known as Chicken Hawks and live on average up to 12 years. Physical Characteristics Cooper Hawks are medium-sized hawks with the male getting on average up to 14 oz in weight, and up to 18 inches long with up to a 36 inch wingspan. The females are larger, and get up to 24 oz in weight, 20 inches long and wingspan to 36 inches. They have long tail with a black band and rounded at the tips. e short rounded wings and a very long tail with dark bands, round-ended at the tips. The mature birds have red eyes, black cap and blue-grey underbody, while the young have yellow eyes, brown cap and brown upper body and pale underneath the body. Their beaks are hook shaped for tearing prey since they are meat eaters. Habitat and Location Coopers hawks are native to the continent of North American continent and live in areas from Canada to Mexico Diet Coopers Hawks eat birds like robins, jays, starlings, quail and doves, as well as other birds. They also eat small mammals such as mice, chipmunks, rabbits, squirrels, or bats and have been known to eat lizards, snakes, insects and frogs. Breeding Facts Coopers Hawks mate normally for life and breed once each year, raising one nest of babies. The male has a special courtship dance where he dives towards the female, chases her and exposing the underpart of his tail. After mating, the male bows to the female and the nest is then built in a tree (such as a birch, fir, beech or spruce) about 25 to 50 feet up and the nest reaches a size about 27 inches around and about 17 inches high. They lay three to five eggs that are blue in color and that hatch in about 36 days. The young stay with the parents for about two months.