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241 posts
Jul 18, 2010
7:11 PM
I did some quick generalized searches for how often hawks, cooper specifically, must eat to maintain themselves. And was wondering if anyone knows fo sure. I understand the weather, age, condition etc. determine the need to hunt but a range from the least to most often a cooper will eat would be interesting. I have heard one bird once a week, but that seems inaccurate for an average.
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540 posts
Jul 18, 2010
7:15 PM
i think that would depend on the size of their meals, with smaller prey not as filling as a larger meal.

Steve in Blue Point, NY
242 posts
Jul 18, 2010
8:00 PM
SO a 9 oz pigeon a day is probably typical ud think?
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Last Edited by on Jul 18, 2010 8:01 PM
44 posts
Jul 18, 2010
11:13 PM
The Cooper’s Hawk has a body weight of 8 - 21 ounces.The Cooper’s Hawk can eat an amount of food equivalent to 12% of the bird’s body weight in one day. This is similar to a 120-pound person eating almost 14 pounds of food or 24 pounds of food if you weigh 200 pounds.The Red-tailed Hawk has a body weigh 1 1/2 - 3 1/4 pounds.The Peregrine Falcon has a body weighs 1 1/4 - 2 3/4 pounds.

1 Copper's Hawk can eat about 2.5 ounces
1 Red-tailed Hawk can eat about 6.5 ounces
1 Peregrine Falcon can eat about 5.5 ounces

Cooper's Hawks lays 3-6 eggs
Red-tailed Hawks lays 1-5 eggs
Peregrine Falcons lays 3-4 eggs

Cooper's Hawks feeding 6 plus the parents = about 1.25 lbs.per/day
Red-tailed Hawks feeding 5 plus parents = about 2.85 lbs.per/day
Peregrine Falcons feeding 4 plus parents = about 2.06 lbs.per/day

This is worst case scenario.

Last Edited by on Jul 18, 2010 11:15 PM
Windjammer Loft
1121 posts
Jul 19, 2010
7:54 AM
He is a little tid bit of info about the Cooper's.

Type in: Cooper Hawk
Go to this site: Cooper Hawk, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of ...

Click on sound bites.
You will clearly hear exactely what the Cooper's are saying.

I have learned to listen to what the Coopers are chatting about and what for.
Sometimes I use this as a guide for flying my birds.

Just thought you guys might be interested in this.
Good luck....

Fly High and Roll On


Last Edited by on Jul 19, 2010 7:57 AM

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