Grey Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae

Common Name: Grey Goshawk

Scientific Name: Accipiter novaehollandiae

 IMG_0358 Grey Goshawk

Distribution and habitat: Grey Goshawks are found near the coast in northern, eastern and south-eastern Australia. Only the white form is found in Tasmania. They live in rainforests, forests and woodlands.

Feeding: The Grey Goshawk eats insects, reptiles, birds and small mammals. It chases its prey in flight and strikes at high speed with its long toes.

Breeding: Grey goshawks breed from July to December in the south and from January to May in the north. Both parents build a stick nest lined with leaves in the fork of a tree. The female lays 2 – 4 eggs. The chicks hatch after 35 days and leave the nest after 35 – 40 days.

Did you know? Grey Goshawks pair for life. They defend a home territory all year and often re-use a nest.

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