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Predator-prey: Standard procedure in nature

March 2, 2013
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

COOPER's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) are fast fliers. When flying through thick stands of timber in pursuit of prey, it has the ability to dodge tree branches skillfully. Medium sized birds, look out. Very small birds seem to be less concerned with this hawk. Maybe it is because the very smallest of birds can out maneuver the hawk. As hawks go, the Cooper's is a medium sized raptor with broad rounded wings and a very long tail. Adults have a steely blue-gray upper body. Its chest is dominated by reddish-brown bars. The eye is red. The business end of a Cooper's hawk are its talons. It captures its prey with a tight grip and then does not let go. In fact, squeezing hard is what happens until the prey suffocates from lack of ability to breathe. Drowning a victim has also been observed by biologists.



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