Northern Goshawk

(Accipiter gentilis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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N45B, N4N - Apparently Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

Special Concern

Occurrence

Uncommon and irruptive migrant, scattered breeder

Habitat

Breeding: Mature woodlands near clearings or edges

Migration: Forest edges

Size

Male: 21 to 23 in length
36 to 42 wingspan

Female: 23 to 25 in length
42 to 48 wingspan


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Migration

Mid-March to early April and September to November


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Taxonomy

Order:

Falconiformes

 

Family:

Accipitridae

 

Subfamily:

Accipitrinae

 
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
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  Northern Goshawk 2014
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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
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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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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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