Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentillis)
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‘Ginny’
Size: Length 48-62cm (19-24ins)
Wingspan 135-165cm (53-65ins)
Status: Very rare in Britain. Widespread elsewhere. (Europe).
Habitat: Forests, both deciduous and coniferous.
Reproduction: 3-4 eggs. April to July.
35-38 day incubation.
Diet: Any woodland bird or mammal.

Raptor Facts

The largest true hawk, the Goshawk is a ruthless hunter even ambushing animals the size of Hares. Its name is derived from the word Goose-hawk. Once common in Britain, through persecution it was wiped out by 1947. Today’s population is from released birds. Goshawks can detect 4 ½ times more movement in their vision than a human. This makes them very highly strung but is ideal for woodland hunting.

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