Northern Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

NOGO

Code 6

ACCGEN

ITIS

HEAD

Northern Goshawk Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Initially greenish gray, turning pale yellow. Bright yellow throughout first year, progressively becoming orange during second year. Adult iris dark red to mahogany.
  • Head pattern: Capped, Eyebrow
  • Crown Color: Blue-gray with white eyebrow.
  • Forehead Color: Pale with dark streaking.
  • Nape Color: Blue-gray
  • Throat Color: Pale gray with fine dark streaking.
  • Cere color: Yellow

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BODY

Northern Goshawk Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 48-69 cm (19-27 in)
  • Weight: 907 g (32 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: Gray
  • Underparts: Pale gray with fine, darker gray bars.
  • Upperparts: Blue-gray
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Barred or banded
  • Breast Pattern: Barred or banded

FLIGHT

Northern Goshawk Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Soars on thermals.
  • Wingspan Range: 102-119 cm (40-47 in)
  • Wing Shape: Rounded-Wings
  • Tail shape: Rounded Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Weak gray bars.
  • Upper Tail: Pale gray with darker bands.
  • Under Tail: Pale gray with darker bands.
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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