Females are noticeably larger: adult males weigh 220 g (7.8 oz), and adult females, 355 g (12.5 oz). The Goshawk tends to have a more rounded tail when closed but it can look square. Most obvious feature was bulky chest; much bigger than Sparrowhawk. Despite seeing Northern Goshawks most days when I'm out in the first few months of each year I still get an incredible thrill from watching them. The Goshawk has a complete moult each year mainly during June to October. The Grey Goshawk is similar in colour to the Grey Falcon, Falco hypoleucos, which has pointed, dark-tipped wings and a different shape when flying; however, this falcon has quite a different range and habitat preferences (arid zone) to the Grey Goshawk. I wonder if it is possible to use your material. Superb Andy. It also has broad even bars on the primaries and is fairly coarsely barred on the underparts indicating it is not older than this.RegardsAndy, Dear Andy, thank you for detailed accurate article. I would like to translate it into Ukrainian and put it on my blog (https://moyaptashka.blogspot.com/) so all Ukrainian birdwatchers who do not know English can use it for improving their identification skills (sure, I will emphasize in the beginning that the text and illustrations are taken from your blog). First Plumage Goshawk has a heavily streaked not barred breast but identification of Second Plumage Goshawk requires additional features. - The Animal's Guide to Britain, Episode 3 - BBC Two - … Other than in 1985 all the primaries were moulted each year. 24(4):91-97, 1990, A candidate Homeyer's Grey Shrike - Matlock Forest, Northern Goshawk flight identification and ageing in the UK - Revised and updated, Notes on the identification of a Brown Shrike - Johnny Brown's Common, North Elmsall, Northern Goshawk flight identification and ageing in the UK, SW Spain & Portugal & Separating adult Pallid Swift from Common Swift, Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - Spurn 9th - 12th October, A possible record of Icelandic Redwing Turdus iliacus coburni in Derbyshire, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan 17th October - 5th November, A weekend in Holland for Siberian Rubythroat. To avoid repetition from this point forward I will refer to Northern Goshawk as Goshawk and Eurasian Sparrowhawk as Sparrowhawk other than in the Figure captions. Thank you,John. Diagrammatic representation of the main flight feathersin the Northern Goshawk A=alulas, P= primaries, S= secondaries. The Goshawk has relatively broader wings where they join the body, producing a bulkier appearance. 1987). For more than two decades I have had the opportunity to study the Northern Goshawk through the year in the Derbyshire Peak District, and witness the various stages in the breeding, and non-breeding seasons. If you look at the birds in Figure 8 you can see that all have very similar and evenly barred secondaries, if there are any retained juvenile feathers they do not standout. https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-us-navy-t-45-goshawk-training-aircraft-fly-in-formation-57484290.html, Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis). Up-close they show thick legs and a white line above each orange-red eye. 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Truman, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-atlantic-ocean-july-11-2014-a-t-45c-goshawk-prepares-to-land-on-the-74213003.html, Goshawk (female) aiming to land in a snow landscape in Northern-Sweden, https://www.alamy.com/goshawk-female-aiming-to-land-in-a-snow-landscape-in-northern-sweden-image69974163.html, https://www.alamy.com/grey-headed-goshawk-accipiter-poliocephalus-adult-in-flight-kiunga-papua-new-guinea-july-image333396529.html, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus) in Flight - Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-southern-pale-chanting-goshawk-melierax-canorus-in-flight-etosha-national-91115971.html, Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus polycryptus) adult in flight Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea July, https://www.alamy.com/brown-goshawk-accipiter-fasciatus-polycryptus-adult-in-flight-mount-hagen-papua-new-guinea-july-image333396660.html, https://www.alamy.com/goshawk-accipiter-gentilis-adult-female-flying-in-snowy-woodland-trained-bird-somerset-uk-january-image262959696.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-northern-goshawk-taking-off-from-the-mud-crna-mlaka-fishpond-147689093.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-somali-chanting-goshawk-eastern-pale-chanting-goshawk-melierax-poliopterus-76081760.html, https://www.alamy.com/northern-goshawk-accipiter-gentilis-hunting-in-flock-of-rooks-corvus-frugilegus-in-flight-against-blue-sky-image179167824.html, northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), flying, Turkey, Nigde, Aladaglar, Demirkazik, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-northern-goshawk-accipiter-gentilis-flying-turkey-nigde-aladaglar-47918679.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-gabar-goshawk-landing-31789820.html, northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), adult female flying through two oaks in autumn colouration looking for prey, Germany, Baden-Wuerttemberg, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-northern-goshawk-accipiter-gentilis-adult-female-flying-through-two-76131565.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-goshawk-accipiter-gentilis-110659420.html, https://www.alamy.com/northern-goshawk-adult-zdarske-vrchy-bohemian-moravian-highlands-czech-republic-accipiter-gentilis-image214233321.html, Goshawk Accipiter gentilis - Immature Male, https://www.alamy.com/goshawk-accipiter-gentilis-immature-male-image63448010.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-pale-chanting-goshawk-taking-flight-40130784.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-a-hawk-103631597.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-goshawk-accipiter-gentilis-flying-with-a-mouse-in-the-beak-portugal-144377958.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-northern-goshawk-accipiter-gentilis-adult-male-flying-in-a-spruce-132880933.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-southern-pale-chanting-goshawk-in-flight-31791497.html. but viewed from the underside the flight feathers are heavily barred, similar to a juvenile. Find Flying Bird Prey Northern Goshawk Accipiter stock images in HD and millions of other royalty-free stock photos, illustrations and vectors in the Shutterstock collection. Goshawk flying, bird of prey with open wings with evening sun back light, nature forest habitat, Germany. It is organized by NORD University, you can find the information about the course here https://www.natureid.no/bird/about/). I would be grateful for a response! Thousands of new, high-quality pictures added every day. The flight is fast and flexible. In strong light the underwing variations look muted but may be quite distinct in less direct sunlight. Shortly afterwards the bird took flight again but the magpies must have been waiting close by because they immediately took off after it, harassing it as they do. Copyright © 03/12/2020 Alamy Ltd. All rights reserved. The Grey Goshawk looks similar to the Collared Sparrow-hawk and the lighter northern form of the Brown Goshawk, with which they share a range, but it has a rounder tail and more uniform brown coloration below and less clearly defined chest barrings. The pale grey Australian form is likewise much paler than, and easy to distinguish from, the slate-coloured and strongly barred Australian Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus). It is perhaps the difficulty of observing the Northern Goshawk combined with its size and striking plumage which makes it one of the most enigmatic of British birds and one that all birdwatchers get a thrill from seeing. The Goshawk retains its juvenile plumage from fledging in July through to June of the second calendar year. The body length is 40–55 cm (15.7–21.7 in); the wingspan, 75–95 cm (29.5–37.4 in).