Accipiters, such as Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks, have short
rounded wings and long tails and are common forest-dwellers. They are expert
at chasing small birds through trees and catching them mid-air. The larger
northern goshawk is an accipiter, too.
Buteos, large broad-winged hawks, including the red-tailed hawk,
common black-hawk, Harris’s hawk and zone-tailed hawk, often catch rodents
and other prey on the ground. Buteos are usually perch-and-wait raptors that
you will commonly see sitting on tall structures like telephone poles,
trees, signs or billboards.