Hemograms were determined for 26 Cooper's (Accipiter cooperii) and 55 sharp shinned hawks (Accipiter striatus) captured during spring migration (27 March to 12 May 1987) on the south shore of Lake Ontario, New York (USA). No significant differences were noted in packed cell volume and estimated total solids between the species. However, Cooper's hawks had significantly higher total white blood cell counts and higher concentrations of heterophils, monocytes, and eosinophils. Proportionally, lymphocytes made up a smaller percentage of the differential count in the Cooper's hawk. Eosinophil concentrations and percentages of the differential count were significantly higher in the females of both species. Both species had a high prevalence of Leucocytozoon toddi and Haemoproteus spp. infection. Haemoproteus nisi and H. elani were identified in both hawks. Trypanosoma avium was identified in a single Cooper's hawk and Plasmodium circumflexum was identified in a sharp-shinned hawk. Prevalence of Leucocytozoon toddi and Haemoproteus spp. infections were significantly higher in the birds caught late in the spring as compared to those caught earlier in the spring; this was evidence for a spring recrudescence of patent parasite infections.
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