The goshawk is a large hawk, almost reaching buzzard size. When up close 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 a Schedule 1 species. They are still persecuted and their nests are frequently robbed.
What they eat:
Birds and mammals.
- 600-1,100g (male); 900-2,000g (female)
- UK breeding:
- 280-430 pairs