• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Birds - Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawks (Accipiter cooperii) have short broad wings and a long round-ended tail with dark bands. They have a dark cap, blue-grey upper parts and white under parts with red bars. They have red eyes and yellow legs. Adult females are much larger.

This bird is somewhat larger than a Sharp-shinned Hawk, but smaller than a Northern Goshawk. It appears long-necked in flight.

The Wind Cave Canyon Trail is the best place to see the Cooper’s Hawk.

 

Did You Know?

Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.