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.