Northern Goshawk


The largest of the three North American accipiters and a resident of the Old World, the adult Goshawk is solid gray above, with finely barred, lighter gray below. It has a distinctive white bar over its red eyes. The juvenile is mottled-brown above with brown and buff streaking below. The juvenile has light lines over its eyes, which are yellow. The goshawk’s tail is long, but wider than those of the other accipiters; this is the best way to distinguish a Goshawk from a Cooper’s Hawk. The juvenile’s tail is more darkly banded than that of the adult. The Goshawk is similar in shape to the Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawk, with short round wings, and a long narrow tail.