The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

An adult Cooper's Hawk, a bird similar in size to a Peregrine Falcon, and often mistaken for one.  An interesting feature of Cooper's Hawks is that their irises darken with age - beginning as golden yellow, and eventually becoming a fairly deep red.  This individual is somewhat intermediate, suggesting an age of approximately 3-4 years (we welcome input from anyone familiar with Cooper's Hawks who feels differently). 

(Photo by Joe Milner)

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