Male Goshawk


Scientific name: Accipiter gentilis

Did you know: Goshawks can rotate their heads up to 180 degrees, allowing them to have a wide field of vision without moving their bodies!

What Do Goshawks Look Like? (how to identify them)

Goshawks are formidable birds, nearly as large as buzzards. They have a striking appearance, characterised by their vivid red eyes and distinctive white eyebrow, which gives them a fierce look. 

Their broad wings enable them to hunt with agility, darting between trees at high speeds. Goshawks are sexually dimorphic, with females significantly larger than males. These birds are renowned for their impressive ‘sky-dance’ during late winter and spring.

Differences Between Male And Female Goshawks

The most noticeable difference between male and female goshawks is their size. Females are much larger, which is a common trait among birds of prey. This size difference plays a crucial role in their hunting strategies and territorial displays.

What Do Goshawks Eat?

Goshawks are skilled hunters, preying primarily on birds and mammals. Their diet is versatile, consisting of a variety of woodland animals. The goshawk’s hunting technique is a marvel of nature, involving high-speed chases and the remarkable ability to catch prey mid-flight.

Where Do Goshawks Live? (inc. migration info)

Goshawks are found in temperate parts of Eurasia. They prefer habitats like woodlands, uplands, and grasslands. Interestingly, goshawks in colder regions migrate south during winter, showcasing an adaptive migratory pattern.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Goshawks)

Goshawks have a unique set of vocalisations, especially noticeable during mating season. Their calls vary from sharp, repeated notes to distinct croaking sounds, each serving a specific purpose in their communication and mating rituals.

Fun Goshawk Facts (kid friendly)

  • Goshawks can fly at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour!
  • They can see up to 8 times more clearly than humans.
  • Goshawks are known to be very protective parents.
  • The oldest recorded goshawk lived to be 19 years old.
  • These birds can catch prey that’s flying, running, or even swimming.

Facts About The Goshawk

Diet: Birds and mammals.
Bird Family: Kites, hawks and eagles
Length: 48-62cm
Wingspan: 135-165cm
Weight: 600-1,100g (male); 900-2,000g (female)
Scientific Name: Accipiter gentilis

The Goshawk Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Goshawk Images

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