Northern Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis

(A. g. marginatus)

Armenian Name: Ցախաքլորաորս
Northern Goshawk

See Plate 11 for Northern Goshawk and other similar species See Plate 15 for Northern Goshawk and other similar species in flight

Flight Characteristics: Wing shows bulging secondaries and narrow outerwing. Long banded and rounded tail. Male is blue-gray above, female browner; whitish with numerous fine dark bars below. Juvenile dark brown above; pale brown below with dark streaks. Soars on level or slightly raised wings. Flies with slow wingbeats. Hunts low.
Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:48-62 cm, Wing Span:90-120 cm
Distribution Map: Map 43.
Description: Raptor with distinct whitish stripe above eye, rounded tail, white undertail coverts, and broad wings with bulging secondaries and narrow outerwing.
Adult: Male markedly smaller than female, blue-gray above with dark crown and cheek, barred tail, and white underparts with gray barring. Female is size of Common Buzzard, brown-gray above; color and barring like male below.
Juvenile: Dark brown with pale edges above, off-white stripe above eye, and bold streaks below.
Similar Species: Differs from all other hawks by large size, broad body, and white supercilium.
Behavior: Hunts primarily in woods.
Habitat: Dense woodland with glades.
Food: Primarily birds, some mammals to size of hare.
Nest: Pile of twigs and branches with cup of green vegetation and bark in tree.
Eggs: 59 mm, 2-4, bluish-white.