|Red Tailed Hawk Juvenile|
|Red Tailed Hawk|
|Cooper's Hawk Juv|
|Cooper's Hawk Juvenile|
The Cooper's hawk is a member of the Accipiter family of hawks and is primarily a forest hawk. You will not see this small hawk about in the open sky, unless it is flushed out by another predator or during migration.
|Prairie Hawk at top|
|Osprey with catch|
The Osprey, aka fish eagle, has been given it's own classification as far as raptor families go. It's family name is Pandionidae. It was given it's own classification because it has developed physical characteristics and behavior uniquely suited to it's exclusive diet of fish. Opreys however are not eagles.
Hawks, Falcons, Eagles, and Osprey are all raptors. A raptor is by definition a bird of prey, or any bird that catches and kills prey with it's feet. Did you know that Owls are also considered to be raptors?