photographs by Douglas Herr
Accipitridae: Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

14 September 2008
Marin County California
Northern Goshawk
Northern Goshawk Northern Goshawk

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. gentilis'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. gentilis'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 19 January 2022