[Video] Northern Goshawk (blows my mind)

Today, I feel like celebrating the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), mostly because I found this amazing video of a gloved goshawk maneuvering through tight spaces slowed down 40 times.

Goshawks are Accipiters, a type of hawk designed for fast, fighter-pilot flight and maneuverability. Accipiters don’t soar and spin in the skies the way their cousins, the Buteos (think Red Tailed Hawk), do. Instead, they use their lean body shape, long tails, and shorter, rounded wings to move quickly through the brush after small mammals and other birds. Cooper’s Hawks and Sharp-Shinned Hawks are often seen around bird feeders, hunting the songbirds that come to eat there.

Goshawks are found in the Northern Hemisphere and prefer dense forest. Cooper’s and Sharpies will hang out in less-dense forests or around meadow edges, but Goshawks love old growth. They will fiercely defend their nests by air-bombing any perceived threats, including humans. In fact, this is the only way many people get to see one!

Check out this vid. It gave me that “I heart nature” fluttery feeling for the day.

Posted on May 18, 2011, in Fauna, Video Clips and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Oh, that is SO cool! (An extra bonus is the way the host says “dastardly.”) Definitely an I heart nature moment–thanks for sharing it.

    –Patricia Lichen

  2. Thanks for posting that video. Amazing to watch.

  3. very cool!

  4. Astonishing. Simply astonishing. And very beautiful…

  5. That is incredible. Thanks for sharing. Birds of prey are amazing.

  6. I am doing a report on this bird and need to know what can be done to preserve it. Thanks for your help, Brandon

    • Hi Brandon!
      The two things that come to mind are:
      1) preserve old growth forest, as goshawks enjoy old-growth as habitat
      2) develop a better wildfire management plan. Forest fires have always been a normal, healthy part of the forest – fires remove thick underbrush and allow grasses to grow. Goshawks hunt by standing on a tree branch, watching the forest floor for grouse and small mammals. If the forest hasn’t burned in a long time, that underbrush may be very thick, making it harder for the goshawk to see what’s on the ground.

      Hope that helps! :)

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