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A well know naturalist here in Calgary, Gus Yaki said the best way to remember the difference between a Cooper's Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk is to remember this phrase. 'C" for Cooper's Hawk because of the curved tail feathers. For the Sharp-shinned Hawk remember Square because the feathers on the sharp-shinned Hawk's tail is square.
This has helped me to distinguish between the two hawks even when you spot them sitting on a pearch.
In the case of the hawk in three photos here it is easy to see this a Cooper's Hawk with the curved tail feathers very prominant, a juvenile because of the colouring on the underbelly.
Nikon D 500 with a Niko 200 - 500mm lens.