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Northern Goshawk

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Northern Gannet

About the Northern Goshawk

Also known as: American Goshawk, Eurasian Goshawk, Goose-hawk

The Northern Goshawk is a the largest bird of prey in the Accipiter family. The family includes Cooper's Hawks, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, and others. Their range includes much of the northern hemisphere.

Female Northern Goshawks are significantly larger than males. Both adults have white eye stripes and older birds develop red-orange eyes.

Goshawks are known for their extremely fierce territorial defense. They will visciously attack nest intruders, including humans or bears.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 26 November 2011
Scientific Name Accipiter gentilis
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Accipiter
  • A. gentilis
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18 to 25 inches
35 to 50 inches
18 to 80 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia North America Arctic

International Names

  • jestřáb lesní (Czech)
  • Duehøg (Danish)
  • Havik (Dutch)
  • kanahaukka (Finnish)
  • Autour des palombes (French)
  • Habicht (German)
  • Astore comune (Italian)
  • オオタカ (ootaka) (Japanese)
  • 참매 (Korean)
  • Hønsehauk (Norwegian)
  • jastrząb (Polish)
  • Teterevyatnik (Russian)
  • Azor Común (Spanish)
  • Duvhök (Swedish)

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Today’s bird, and the 9th species in the Birdorable Bonanza, is the Northern Goshawk! Northern Goshawk by dracobotanicus Northern Goshawks are large Accipter birds of prey that live across parts of the northern hemisphere. ... more