Northern Goshawk


The elusive northern goshawk

The northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) is yellow listed (not at risk) in British Columbia. It's a sturdy hawk that is roughly the size of a raven and is most easily identified by the white eye stripe over its blood-red eye. The bird's call is a harsh "kak-kak-kak."

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Range

  • Throughout Canada and northern states in the USA
  • Northern goshawks are distributed throughout the Columbia Basin

Habitat

They prefer old-growth forests, mature coniferous forests or mixed coniferous and deciduous upland forests

Reproduction

  • The northern goshawk builds nests lined with conifer twigs next to the trunks of trees, or at the tops of broken trunks
  • Usually one clutch of 2-4 eggs produced per year, from late April through early May
  • Incubation, conducted principally by the female, takes 28-38 days

Listing and Date

Listing Date
B.C. List Yellow
COSEWIC Not at risk April 1995
SARA

Threats to Species

Not at risk

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SPECIES

Amphibians
Columbia Spotted Frog
Long-toed Salamander
Northern Leopard Frog
Western Toad

Birds
Common Nighthawk
Great Blue Heron
Harlequin Duck
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Northern Goshawk
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Vaux’s Swift
Western Screech Owl
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat

Fish
Bull Trout
White Sturgeon

Flora
Common Camas
Whitebark Pine

Mammals
Badger
Big Brown Bat
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
Elk
Grizzly Bear
Selkirk Least Chipmunk
Moose
Mountain Caribou
Mountain Goat
Mule Deer
California Myotis
Fringed Myotis
Little Brown Myotis
Long-eared Myotis
Long-legged Myotis
Northern Myotis
Yuma Myotis
Silver-Haired Myotis
Townsend's Big-eared Bat
White-tailed Deer
Wolverine
Yellow-pine Chipmunk

Reptiles
Western Painted Turtle
Western Yellow-bellied Racer
Western Skink

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