Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)

The Brown Goshawk is a medium-sized bird of prey belonging to the Accipitridae family. It is a bird of prey that is native to Australia, where it inhabits forested and wooded areas, open woodlands, farmlands, and even suburban areas. The Brown Goshawk is also known by other common names such as the Chestnut Goshawk, Grey Goshawk or White-breasted Goshawk, depending on the age, sex, and geographical area.

This bird has striking, distinct features with males being smaller than females. The male typically weighs between 300 to 540 grams and has a wingspan of up to 90 centimeters. In contrast, the female weighs between 575 to 900 grams and has a wingspan of up to 105 centimeters. The Brown Goshawk's plumage is pale grey to dark brown with white and pale grey underparts. The tail is grey and has white or fine dark barring. The eyes are yellow, and the bill is hooked, sharp, and black.

The Brown Goshawk is a hunting bird and preys on a wide variety of animals, including reptiles, insects, fish, and small to medium-sized birds and mammals. They are known to hunt by surprise, taking their prey unaware. This bird can fly at impressive speeds of up to 60 kilometers an hour and use their long, sharp talons to catch their prey.

The breeding season of the Brown Goshawk bird takes place from August to December. During this period, they construct nests on tall trees using small twigs and leaves. The female lays two to three eggs, which are incubated for 36-48 days. Both parents are involved in raising the young birds, which fledge in 35-45 days.

The Brown Goshawk is a protected species, and hunting or trapping them is considered an offense. They are an essential part of the ecosystem as they help control the population of smaller animals. Their ability to thrive in a range of habitats brings them into contact with humans, and as such, conservation measures are essential.

In conclusion, the Brown Goshawk is a magnificent bird of prey that is native to Australia. Their distinctive features, hunting habits, and breeding techniques make them a fascinating bird to study. They are an essential part of the ecosystem and contribute to a healthy balance in the environment.

Other names

Accipiter fasciatus



Brown Goshawk

astor australià



australski jastreb

jestřáb australský

Australsk Duehøg

Australische Havik


Autour australien


Astore bruno


australinis vanagas


krogulec brunatny


Австралийский бурый ястреб

Smeđi jastreb

jastrab pásikavý

Azor australiano


Kahverengi Çakır

яструб бурий


örvös héja

Elang-alap coklat