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  Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)





Brown Goshawk | Accipiter fasciatus photo
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus) Kurwongbah, SE Queensland, Australia

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Brown Goshawk | Accipiter fasciatus photo
juvenile Brown Goshawk in Langwarrin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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BROWN GOSHAWK FACTS

Description
The Brown Goshawk is a medium sized bird of prey with grey head and grey back, and reddish brown barred front. The legs and toes are yellow. Juveniles have brown backs, brown and white streaked head, and brown and white barred underside. The Brown Goshawk is similar to the Collared Sparrowhawk which is somewhat smaller and has thinner legs and toes.

Size
40cm (male); 50cm (female)

Habitat
forest, woodlands and along river courses

Food
mainly birds. Also small mammals, frogs and reptiles

Breeding
lays 2-4 whitish eggs in a nest made of sticks and lined with green leaves, placed high in a tall tree

Range
found across Australia, including Tasmania. Also found in New Guinea, New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Accipiter
Species:fasciatus
Common Name:Brown Goshawk

Relatives in same Genus
  Collared Sparrowhawk (A. cirrocephalus)
  Grey Goshawk (A. novaehollandiae)