photographs by Douglas Herr
family Accipitridae: American Goshawk (Accipiter atricapillus)

American Goshawk #00, Denali National Park Alaska - August 1981
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American Goshawk #01, Denali National Park Alaska - August 1981
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American Goshawk #06, Marin County California - 14 September 2008
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Field identification tips: A large Accipiter, adults are slate-gray above with underparts of fine gray barring and a very prominent white superciliary stripe above the eye. Eye color is orange or red. Immature birds are brown with underparts streaked with brown, and a less-prominent superciliary line. Overhead immature A. atricapillus's longer secondary flight feathers form a bulge in the wings' trailing edge. Sexes are similar with females averaging larger than males.

Typical range: A permanent resident of northern forests and mountains with younger birds wandering southward in winter to mid-continent and to lower elevations.

Habitat: A. atricapillus's long tail and powerful wings provide excellent maneuverability in this bird's forest habitat where it hunts birds.

all photographs Copyright (C) Douglas Herr
last updated 14 February 2024