The northern goshawk, is the largest member of the Accipiters or true hawks. There are 47 other species of Accipiters throughout the world with Cooper’s hawk and sharp-shinned hawks being the other species found in North America. The sub species Accipiter gentilis laingi is found in Canada.
The northern goshawk is a large hawk species. Its short, robust wings allow for rapid acceleration and the long tail allows for high manoeuvrability. The adult plumage is a dark brown to dark grey above, with a black cap and a signature white stripe above the eyes. The eyes are a bold reddish-orange colour. Female are normally larger than the male darker upper parts and bolder markings in the breast. The juveniles are brown on top, the breast has heavy streaking with a pale or white base. There are 8 subspecies of goshawk that are separated by size, plumage, colouration and patterning…
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