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Conservation status: Green

A large hawk, almost reaching buzzard size. When seen close to it has a fierce expression with bright red eyes and a distinctive white eyebrow. Its broad wings enable it to hunt at high speed, weaving in and out of trees, and its long legs and talons can catch its prey in flight. The female is substantially larger than the male. In late winter and spring it has a 'sky-dance' display. Goshawks are still persecuted and their nests are frequently robbed.



Latin name

Accipiter gentilis


Hawks and eagles (Accipitridae)

Where to see them

Best looked for near large areas of woodland and forests with glades and paths for it to hunt along. Can also be seen hunting over more open countryside.

When to see them

All year round, but best looked for on fine days in late winter and spring when display flights take place high over the trees.

What they eat

Birds and mammals


EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-280-430 pairs--




Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto

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