Northern Goshawk Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Northern Goshawk are large hawks and the largest and bulkiest of the accipiters. They have broad, rounded wings and long tails. Relatively long secondary flight feathers give the trailing edge of the wing a curved or bulging look; the wingtips can look pointed in flight.

    Relative Size

    Females can be nearly as large as a Red-tailed Hawk; males are only slightly larger than a female Cooper’s Hawk.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 20.9-25.2 in (53-64 cm)
      • Weight: 22.3-48.1 oz (631-1364 g)
      • Wingspan: 40.5-46.1 in (103-117 cm)