bwha-coha comparison
IWRC Raptor ID Series
       
Broad-winged Hawk
 
Cooper's Hawk
 
     
  Adults        
 
pinkish inside mouth
  bluish gray inside mouth
           
 
malar stripe (black mark on cheek)

  no malar stripe
           
 
Buteo -
thicker & shorter toes
no prominent knob
  Accipiter -
long thin toes with prominent knob on middle toe
           
  Feathers have less barring on underside   Feathers heavily barred on underside
           
 
shorter tail,
wingtips moderately shorter than tip of tail
 
long tail
wingtips much shorter than tip of tail
           
  Juveniles      
       
           
  Bright yellow cere
medium brown irises
Pinkish inside mouth (light blue edges)
  Pale gray, greenish gray or pale yellow irises
Bluish gray inside mouth
           
       
           
  Less barring on underside of wing   Heavy barring on underside of wing
           
  Buteo -
thicker & shorter toes
no prominent knob
  Accipiter -
long thin toes with prominent knob on bottom of middle toe
           
       
           
  Fledglings      
     
Photo by Fred Fogg
 
           
  Bright yellow cere
medium brown irises
Pinkish inside mouth
(light blue on edges)
  Pale gray, greenish gray irises
Bluish gray inside mouth
           
       
           
  Less barring on underside of wing   Heavy barring on underside of wing
           
  Buteo -
thicker & shorter toes
no prominent knob
  Accipiter -
long thin toes with prominent knob on bottom of middle toe
           
       
  Nestlings      
  Buteo -
thicker & shorter toes
no prominent knob

Photo by Royin Graboski
 
Photo by Fred Fogg
Accipiter -
long thin toes with prominent knob on bottom of middle toe
           
  Pinkish inside mouth
Photo by Robyn Graboski
 
Photo by Katy Hea
Bluish gray inside mouth
Pale bluish gray eyes
           
  More nestling & fledgling photos   Photos by Jean Chamberlain unless otherwise noted
           
         
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