Although hybrids between captive Accipiter species are known, and hybrids between wild Accipiter species in North America have long been suspected, none have been confirmed to date. However, in 2014, a hatching year Accipiter captured at Cape May, New Jersey, during fall migration, appeared intermediate in size and plumage between a Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) and a Cooper's Hawk (A. cooperii), and was suspected to be a hybrid. We used data from mitochondrial and nuclear genes to confirm that the hawk was a hybrid female resulting from a cross between a male Cooper's Hawk and female Northern Goshawk.

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