• 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?

Sign used at Wind Cave in 1903 when the cave became a national park.

Wind Cave is the first cave in the world to be designated as a national park. That occurred on January 9, 1903.