African Goshawk (Accipiter tachiro)

The African Goshawk, scientifically known as Accipiter tachiro, is a small bird of prey that belongs to the family Accipitridae. This bird species can be found in various habitats throughout its range, which includes sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, and the Arabian Peninsula. The African Goshawk is a skilled hunter that preys on small birds, mammals, and reptiles.

The African Goshawk's appearance can vary depending on its gender and age. Adult males have blue-grey upperparts with orange or rufous barring and white underparts with fine rufous-red barring. On the other hand, adult females are generally larger than males with brown upperparts and bar-marked underparts. Juveniles have a brown upper body and a streaked white and brown underbody.

The African Goshawk is an agile hunter that mostly hunts from a perch, swooping down on its prey from above. It can also hunt on the wing, chasing down its prey with impressive speed and maneuvering. This bird is also known for its strong talons and long toes, which make it effective at grabbing and holding onto its prey. Its diet consists of small mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects.

The African Goshawk is a solitary bird that typically breeds once a year between September and January. These birds build their nests in the fork of a branch, usually in the canopy of a tree. The nest is made of sticks and is lined with leaves and grass. The female lays two to four eggs that are incubated for about 30 days. The chicks fledge around 45 days after hatching.

The African Goshawk plays an important role in its ecosystem as a predator that helps to control the populations of small animals. However, habitat loss and hunting are threats to this bird species. Conservation efforts are needed to ensure that these birds continue to thrive in their natural habitat.

In conclusion, the African Goshawk is a fascinating bird that is native to Africa, Madagascar and the Arabian Peninsula. With its impressive hunting skills and distinctive appearance, this bird is an important member of its ecosystem. Despite the threats to its habitat, the African Goshawk remains a resilient species that will continue to capture the attention and admiration of wildlife enthusiasts around the world.

Other names

Accipiter tachiro



African Goshawk

astor tatxiro



afrički jastreb

jestřáb tachiro

Sorthvid Duehøg

Afrikaanse Havik


Autour tachiro


Astore africano


afrikinis vištvanagis


krogulec trzypręgowy


Африканский тетеревятник

Afrički jastreb

jastrab tachiro

Azor tachiro

afrikansk duvhök

Afrika Çakırı

яструб ангольський

Afrikaanse Sperwer


afrikai karvaly