Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
Alaska, Canada, and south to Virginia. This hawk does not generally nest in Virginia.
Length 21-25 inches
Wingspan 40-46 inches
Weight 22-48 ounces
Requires extensive home range of woodlands to breed and survive.
Usual prey includes grouse, ptarmigan, red squirrels and hares.
Large, fierce raptor of the Northern forests. May hunt by either a perch-and-watch technique followed by a fast attack, or by searching for prey by way of flying throughout the edges of the forest. Uncommon raptor in Virginia. Tend to stay away from humans and development. Adult males and females have different plumage. Females are larger than males.