Northern Goshawk
Accipiter gentilis

– medium-sized raptor
– female roughly size of Common Buzzard, male considerably smaller
– diurnal migrant
– migrates singly


Northern Goshawk Accipiter g. gentilis, 1CY
BIF1476, 04/12/2010, Leipzig, Germany, Mathias Putze
brown toned all over, pale fringed upperwing coverts diagnostic for JUV plumage, distinct barring of remiges from above ->JUV Eurasian Sparrowhawk


Northern Goshawk Accipiter g. gentilis, 1CY
BIF1477, 04/12/2010, Leipzig, Germany, Mathias Putze
same as BIF 1476, 1CY buffish body and underwing coverts with streaking (barring on → Eurasian Sparrowhawk) confided to breast and upper belly, evenly distict bold barring of tail and remiges, tail rounded (compare with AD)


Northern Goshawk Accipiter g. gentilis, 1CY
BIF1479, 15/12/2010, Leipzig, Germany, Mathias Putze
stronger body than -> Eurasian Sparrowhawk, in fast flight strikingly ‚S‘-shaped, broad dusky trailing edge of wing


Northern Goshawk Accipiter g. gentilis, 1CY
BIF1478, 15/12/2010, Leipzig, Germany, Mathias Putze
same as BIF1479, can appear very narrow-handed when gliding


Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis spec, 2CY
BIF1480, 30/03/2012, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, MHE
after postjuvenile moult 2CY in spring head and back appear greyer than in 1CY, note that P5 is missing


Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis spec, 2CY
BIF1481, 30/03/2012, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, MHE
same as BIF 1480, typical JUV tail pattern: dark brown bars alternating with pale brown-grey bars of roughly the same width


Northern Goshawk Accipiter g. gentilis, AD F
BIF1473, 17/03/2013, Hof, Germany, Mathias Putze
AD are all grey without any brown tones, only faint barring of secondaries and inner primaries, lacks dusky trailing edge of wing (→ AD Eurasian Sparrowhawk), very dense barring of body and wing coverts, rounded ‚corners‘ of tail


Northern Goshawk Accipiter g. gentilis, AD F
BIF1472, 17/03/2013, Hof, Germany, Mathias Putze
same as 1473, sexed as F by more boldly marked outer primaries and less solid ear-mask (compare with M on BIF1474), note fluffed out pure white undertail coverts during displaying period


Northern Goshawk Accipiter g. gentilis, M AD
BIF1474, 04/08/2016, Greifswald, Germany, MHE
pronounced ‚S‘-shaped trailing edge of wing with bulging outer secondaries and narrow hand, note distictive, broad white supercilium -> Eurasian Sparrowhawk


Northern Goshawk Accipiter g. gentilis, 1CY
BIF1482, 30/10/2011, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
a rather strongly patterned 1CY individual


Northern Goshawk Accipiter g. gentilis, 1CY
BIF1483, 16/12/2010, Leipzig, Mathias Putze


Northern Goshawk Accipiter g. gentilis, AD
BIF1484, 29/10/2012, Werbeliner See, Germany, Mathias Putze
broad white supercilium striking even on greater distance

voice: usually nonvocal during migration

comparison species:
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (v)
Levant Sparrowhawk (v)

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