Red-chested Goshawk (Accipiter toussenelii)

The Red-chested Goshawk bird is a predatory species of bird that is part of the Accipitridae family. Also known by its scientific name, "Accipiter toussenelii," this bird is mainly found in various parts of Africa, including Sub-Saharan Africa and the southern parts of the continent. It is recognized for its distinctive red chest that contrasts with its predominantly gray feathers.

This bird has a body length ranging from 30 to 38 centimeters. With an average weight between 200 and 300 grams, this bird is fairly small compared to other raptors. The bird has a sharp hooked beak that allows it to tear apart its prey with ease. The Red-chested Goshawk birds' legs are quite powerful, ending in sharp talons that allow them to snatch and carry their prey.

The Red-chested Goshawk is mainly found in wooded areas, thick forests, and savannas. They prefer habitat with tall trees, making the savanna in southern Africa a favorable spot. They are opportunistic carnivores that feed on a variety of prey, including small birds, insects, and mammals. They have been known to capture prey almost half their size.

The Red-chested Goshawk is a solitary bird, with little social interaction, except for breeding. Unlike some raptor species, the Red-chested Goshawk is monogamous and is known to have lifelong mates. During breeding season, the birds engage in an elegant aerial dance that testifies to the strength of their bonds. The female lays up to three eggs, which are incubated for forty days, and the young birds leave the nest after two months.

Though not currently considered a species of concern, the Red-chested Goshawk is threatened by habitat destruction, with deforestation being the leading cause for concern. With the steady increase in human activities in forest areas, habitat destruction is becoming an increasingly significant threat to the bird's survival.

Due to their rarity and fascinating aerial performances during courtship, the Red-chested Goshawk is becoming a popular bird among bird watchers. Their small size, striking colors, and aerial agility make it an attractive species to ornithologists and bird watchers alike.

Other names

Accipiter toussenelii



Red-chested Goshawk

astor de Toussenel



riđoboki kobac

jestřáb západoafrický

Rødbrystet Duehøg



Autour de Toussenel


Astore pettorosso


rusvakrūtis vištvanagis


krogulec białobrody


Красногрудый тетеревятник

Crvenogrudi jastreb

jastrab hlasitý

Azor de Toussenel

rödbröstad duvhök

Kızıl Göğüslü Çakır

яструб заїрський


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