Quite funny that this is actually the eponym for the order of Goshawk-like birds (Acipitriformes) from Sparrowhawk to Golden Eagle and even the vultures of the Old World, like Gryphon vulture and Bearded vulture. The Goshwak is a middle-sized resident that breeds in the Netherlands. Nests usually canbe found 10-16 meters up in a tree.

I regularly run into a Goshawk, sometimes pontifically sitting on the ground after causing lots of alarm by the waders in the Beninger (a local reserve), sometimes highly alert on a pole but often flying. Inspecting everything with its penetrating yellow eyes.


Juvenile Goshawk scaring the crap out of the ducks
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: Accipiter gentilis
Dutch name: Havik
Common name: Goshawk
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: Juvenile Goshawk scaring the crap out of the ducks
Adult goshawk with a juvenile wader
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: Accipiter gentilis
Dutch name: Havik
Common name: Goshawk
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: Adult goshawk with a juvenile wader (Common redshank)
Adult on the watch
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: Accipiter gentilis
Dutch name: Havik
Common name: Goshawk
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: Adult on the watch post
Heavy bill, heavy chest, broad hips and a rounded tail
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: Accipiter gentilis
Dutch name: Havik
Common name: Goshawk
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: Heavy bill, heavy chest, broad hips and a rounded tail
Juvenile Sparrowhawk for comparisson
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Accipiter
Species: Accipiter nisuss
Dutch name: Sperwer
Common name: Sparrowhawk
Location: Beerenplaat, Spijkenisse, The Netherlands

Remarks: For comparisson a juvenile sparrowhawk: Relatively long square tail. Mark the vertical banding on the upper part of the chest. With a juvenile Goshawk the vertical banding runs all the way down to the legs.



Field specifications. 48-62 cm, span 98-117 cm.

A Goshawk and a Sparrowhawk are very similar but a Goshawk is larger. At least: a female is, as with many burds of prey, larger than the males. A female Goshawk is easily recognized by her size. However a female Sparrowhawk is as big as a male Goshawk....

Usefull in determination is the much larger bill and chest of the Goshawk, just as the slighly longer neck, shorter tail and rounded outer tail feathers. Male Goshawks have more contrast on the head with a prominent eyebrow and black cap.   

Sound: A long, buzzard-like 'juhije' (contactcall of the female) and the fast keh-keh-keh-keh of both sexes as contact and alarm call. In dutch we call this last sound "kekkeren". 

Here both sounds can be heard:




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