Hawk in Jan. 1 photo was misidentified

first_imgA Cooper’s Hawk, while larger in size, has distinctly shorter outer tail feathers compared to the other feathers in its tail, presenting a rounded fan shape the bird in the photo lacks.Both species are avid bird hunters and often are spotted in winter near backyard bird feeders preying upon feeder attendees.Juveniles of both species are brown-backed and have the breast markings of the bird in the photo and a yellow eye.Adults are rusty colored on the breast and have a slate-gray back and eye color, varying from orange to fire-red being more red in birds several years old.Robert P. YunickNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The fine Jan. 1 photo of a hawk in Photos of the Week is unfortunately misidentified. It’s a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk, not a Cooper’s.The two are related and similar in appearance, but differ in size, head shape and most importantly in tail shape. The bird in the photo has all its tail feathers approximately the same length, such that if the tail were folded it would present a square profile at the tip.last_img

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