Northern Goshawk

(Accipiter gentilis)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N45B, N4N - Apparently Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

     
  Minnesota

Special Concern

     
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Male: 21 to 23 in length
36 to 42 wingspan

Female: 23 to 25 in length
42 to 48 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Breeding: Mature woodlands near clearings or edges

Migration: Forest edges

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Mid-March to early April and September to November

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon and irruptive migrant, scattered breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Accipitriformes (hawks, eagles, kites, and allies)  
 

Family

Accipitridae (eagles, hawks, and kites)  
 

Subfamily

Accipitrinae  
 

Genus

Accipiter (accipiters)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

American Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis atricapillus)

Apache Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis apache)

Corsican Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis arrigonii)

Eastern Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis schvedowi)

Eurasian Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis gentilis)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis albidus)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis buteoides)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis marginatus)

Queen Charlotte Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis laingi)

 
       
 

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  A Rare Glimpse of the Elusive Northern Goshawk
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About

Published on Aug 6, 2012

This elusive bird of prey is a skilled hunter, tenacious predator and national treasure.

From: GOSHAWK: SOUL OF THE WIND
http://bit.ly/1n57HBK

   
       
  Northern Goshawk 2014
Walter Soestbergen
 
   
 
About

Published on Mar 16, 2014

can only say that it is a thrill to see these birds so close in the wild.

   
       
  Northern Goshawk Alarm Call
SarcasticNash
 
   
 
About

Published on Jul 26, 2014

A Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) sounding an alarm call near the nest. Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forest.

   
       
  Goshawk HD Documentary
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About

Published on Jul 16, 2015

The lushest forests are the stronghold of the goshawk, who, through carefully planned ambushes, hunts a wide range of prey, pouncing on them accurately and relentlessly.

Exceptionally well-suited to the dense forests, it perches out of sight among the high branches, from where it surveys every detail of what is happening below: it is not known as the Ghost Hawk for nothing.

An adult goshawk rarely fails in attack, experience teaching both selectivity and precision: its own brood depends on this for survival, needing a continuous supply of food during its first few months.

The Goshawk’s eyes have 300,000 photoreceptor cells per square millimeter conferring on it the most extraordinarily precise eyesight. Nothing escapes the searching gaze of the ghost of the forest.

This mature female has to take food to her nest, but knows she must wait patiently for a young and overconfident squirrel to go to ground, neglecting for a moment its rear.

With its accurate flight between branches, its strength and its temperament, the goshawk is the true master of the forest.

   
       

 

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