Northern Goshawk

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 26 November 2011
Scientific Name
Accipiter gentilis
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Accipiter
  • A. gentilis
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 to 25 inches
35 to 50 inches
18 to 80 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) jestřáb lesní
Danish (Dansk) Duehøg
Dutch (Nederlands) Havik
Finnish (Suomi) kanahaukka
French (Français) Autour des palombes
German (Deutsch) Habicht
Italian (Italiano) Astore comune
Japanese (日本語) オオタカ (ootaka)
Korean (한국어) 참매
Norwegian (Norsk) Hønsehauk
Polish (Polski) jastrząb
Russian (русский язык) Teterevyatnik
Spanish (Español) Azor Común
Swedish (Svenska) Duvhök
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