Goshawk

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Goshawk
Goshawk
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Accipiter
Species:A. gentilis
Binomial name
Accipiter gentilis
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis; from OE. góshafuc 'goose-hawk') is a medium large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers.

It is a widespread species throughout the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere. In North America it is named as the Northern Goshawk. It is mainly resident, but birds from colder regions of north Asia and Canada migrate south for the winter.

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Goshawk in flight

This species nests in trees, building a new nest each year. It hunts birds and mammals in woodland, relying on surprise as it flies from a perch or hedge-hops to catch its prey unaware. Animals as large as hares and Pheasant are taken.

This bird is a raptor with short broad wings and a long tail, both adaptations to manoeuvring through trees. The male is blue-grey above and barred grey below, 49-56 cm long with a 93-105 cm wingspan. The much larger female is 58-64 cm long with a 108-127 cm wingspan, slate grey above grey below. The juvenile is brown above and barred brown below. The flight is a characteristic "slow flap – slow flap – straight glide".

In Eurasia, the male is confusable with a female Sparrowhawk, but is larger, much bulkier and has relatively longer wings. In spring, he has a spectacular roller-coaster display, and this is the best time to see this secretive forest bird.

the call is a fierce screech.

External link

link to call page (http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/wildlife/wildspace/life.cfm?ID=NOGO&Page=Call&Lang=e)

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The Curtiss F11-C Goshawk was a "between the wars" Naval biplane that saw limited success but was part of a long line of "Hawk" airplanes made by Curtiss for the American military.(images (http://www.airminded.net/goshawk/goshawk.html)) The F11C-3 (BF2C-1) was one of the first retractible landing gear fighter/bomber Navy aircraft, and while considered a failure in the pre-WWII American Navy (it had many problems (http://www.csd.uwo.ca/~pettypi/elevon/gustin_military/db/us/BF2CCURT.html)), it saw heavy action in post war Asia (http://members.tripod.com/peterlewisdesign/thaimuseum/hawk3.htm). In spite of it's short service run many of the innovations developed for the Goshawk line found wide use in Navy aircraft for years to follow. Further information (http://www.brushfirewars.org/aircraft/curtiss_hawk_ii_bolivian/curtiss_hawk_ii_bolivian.htm) about this obscure (http://www.csd.uwo.ca/~pettypi/elevon/gustin_military/db/us/F11CGOSH.html) line of aircraft can be found primarily on plastic modeling websites like this (http://m2reviews.cnsi.net/reviews/preww2/cleaverhawkspreview.htm).

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