Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae)

The Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) is a majestic bird of prey found in Australia. It is a medium-sized hawk and belongs to the family Accipitridae. It is also known as the Black-breasted Goshawk, White-bellied Goshawk, and the Northern Goshawk.

The Grey Goshawk has various plumage colors depending on the region it inhabits. It ranges from light grey to dark grey, with white underparts and a black and white barred tail. The female bird is larger than the male, and the juveniles have brown streaks on their bodies.

The Grey Goshawk has a widespread distribution across Australia and is found in various habitats such as forests, woodlands, and savannas. It mainly feeds on small birds, mammals, and reptiles. It is a fast and agile hunter and can perform intricate aerial maneuvers to catch prey.

Grey Goshawk breeding season varies across its range, beginning in August in the tropical north and extending to June in the temperate south. The birds build a nest from sticks in the fork of a tree, and the female lays 2-4 eggs. The eggs hatch after a month, and the chicks start to fly after seven weeks.

Despite being widespread across Australia, the Grey Goshawk faces several threats, including habitat loss, illegal hunting, and poisoning. Conservation efforts include the management of suitable habitat and reducing feral animal populations.

In Australian Indigenous cultures, the Grey Goshawk holds a special significance as a spiritual and cultural symbol. The bird is revered as a messenger and protector of the land.

In conclusion, the Grey Goshawk is a stunning bird of prey that is found in Australia's diverse habitats. Its aerial acrobatics and hunting prowess make it an impressive sight to behold. The bird's spiritual significance to Indigenous cultures underscores its importance in Australian biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Other names

Accipiter novaehollandiae



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