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Northern Goshawk -
(Accipiter gentilis)



  • Large raptor
  • Adults dark above with fine grey barring     below, dark head with broad light stripe above the eye
  • Juveniles brown above, lighter below with brown streaks
  • 21-25" (53-64 cm.)


  • Northern forests
  • Variety of habitats for hunting in winter

Additional Information

  • Uncommon migrant, rare winter resident     southern Wisconsin
  • Some winters more found in southern areas    ("irruptions")
  • Hunts birds and some mammals, including rabbits and squirrels
  • Will chase prey on foot when necessary

Comparable Species

  • Cooper's Hawk


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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