Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Polytypic: 8 subspecies
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The Northern Goshawk the largest species of Accipiter in the New World. It primarily is a bird of northern boreal forests: its range barely extends into the Neotropics, where it is a resident of montane pine-oak forests of western and southwestern Mexico. Though rare and difficult to see, it is unmistakable, being slate-gray above and barred grey below with a conspicuous white supercilliary streak. The Northern Goshawk is less specialized on birds than many of the other Neotropical Accipiter and will take both avian and mammalian quarry depending on their relative abundances at any given locality.

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© Charles Duncan

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: