Brown Goshawks (Accipiter fasciatu

The Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus) is found in Australia and surrounding islands.


Its upperparts are grey with a chestnut collar; its underparts are mainly rufous, finely barred with white. Thus it has similar coloring to the Collared Sparrowhawk but is larger.

The flight is fast and flexible.

This medium-sized bird of prey averages 40–55 cm in length. It has a wingspan of about 75–95 cm. Adult males weigh 220 g, and adult females, 355 g. Females are larger.

Distribution and habitat

The Brown Goshawk is widespread through Australia, Tasmania, Wallacea, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. It is found in forests and woodlands.


It eats mainly birds; also small mammals, reptiles, amphibians; occasionally insects.


It nests in tall trees on a platform of sticks and twigs lined with green leaves.

The clutch size is usually 3, sometimes 2 or 4. The incubation period is about 30 days. The young leave the nest when they are about 31 days old.

Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)
Brown Goshawk

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