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A head shot of an adult goshawk. Adult goshawk , Accipiter gentilis
Credit: Smith, W.M. / USWFS

The genus Accipiter is a group of birds of prey in the family Accipitridae, many of which are named as goshawks and
sparrowhawks. They can be anatomically distinguished from their relatives by the lack of a procoracoid foramen.
(Procoracoid is a relatively large bone and typically bears an enormous projecting keel to which the flight
muscles are attached. Foramen = any opening. Anyone who can explain to me??? see e-mail below)

Two small and aberrant species usually placed here do possess a large procoracoid foramen and are also distinct as
regards DNA sequence. They may warrant separation in the old genus Hieraspiza.

These birds are slender with short broad rounded wings and a long tail which helps them manoeuvre in flight.
They have long legs and long sharp talons used to kill their prey, and a sharp hooked bill used in feeding.
Females tend to be larger than males.

They often ambush their prey, mainly small birds and mammals, capturing it after a short chase. The typical flight pattern
is a series of flaps followed by a short glide. They are commonly found in wooded or shrubby areas.

Lots of birds in the buteo family and some eagles are also called hawks.

Engelsk Norsk Latinsk
Pied Goshawk Salomonhauk Accipiter albogularis
Shikra Shikrahauk Accipiter badius
Bicolored Hawk Indianerhauk Accipiter bicolor
New Britain Sparrowhawk Prinsessehauk Accipiter brachyurus
Levant Sparrowhawk Balkanhauk Accipiter brevipes
Nicobar Sparrowhawk Nikobarhauk Accipiter butleri
Chestnut-flanked Sparrowhawk Rødflankehauk Accipiter castanilius
Chilean Hawk Chilehauk Accipiter chilensis
Collared Sparrowhawk Eukalyptushauk Accipiter cirrocephalus
Semicollared Hawk Torquehauk Accipiter collaris
Cooper's Hawk Trostehauk Accipiter cooperii
Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk Rustkragehauk Accipiter erythrauchen
Rufous-thighed Hawk Rustlegghauk Accipiter erythronemius
Red-thighed Sparrowhawk Jungelhauk Accipiter erythropus
Brown Goshawk Bendelhauk Accipiter fasciatus
Frances' Goshawk Billehauk Accipiter francesii
Northern Goshawk Hønsehauk Accipiter gentilis
Sulawesi Goshawk Sulawesihauk Accipiter griseiceps
Japanese Sparrowhawk Finkehauk Accipiter gularis
Gundlach's Hawk Kubahauk Accipiter gundlachi
New Caledonia Goshawk Nykaledoniahauk Accipiter haplochrous
Moluccan Goshawk Molukkhauk Accipiter henicogrammus
Henst's Goshawk Mesitthauk Accipiter henstii
Variable Goshawk Protevshauk Accipiter hiogaster
Imitator Sparrowhawk Hermehauk Accipiter imitator
Slaty-mantled Sparrowhawk Skiferrygghauk Accipiter luteoschistaceus
Madagascar Sparrowhawk Madagaskarhauk Accipiter madagascariensis
Black-mantled Goshawk Svartrygghauk Accipiter melanochlamys
Black Goshawk Nonnehauk Accipiter melanoleucus
Ovambo Sparrowhawk Ovambohauk Accipiter ovampensis
Gray-headed Goshawk Gråhodehauk Accipiter poliocephalus
Gray-bellied Goshawk Gråbukhauk Accipiter poliogaster
New Britain Goshawk Prinsehauk Accipiter princeps
Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk Vinbrysthauk Accipiter rhodogaster
Fiji Goshawk Fijihauk Accipiter rufitorques
Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk Rødbrystspurvehauk Accipiter rufiventris
Chinese Goshawk Froskehauk Accipiter soloensis
Sharp-shinned Hawk Tverrhalehauk Accipiter striatus
Tiny Hawk Kolibrihauk Accipiter superciliosus
African Goshawk Bantuhauk Accipiter tachiro
Red-chested Goshawk Rødbrysthauk Accipiter toussenelii
Spot-tailed Goshawk Flekkhalehauk Accipiter trinotatus
Crested Goshawk Topphauk Accipiter trivirgatus
Plain-breasted Hawk Andeshauk Accipiter ventralis
Besra Besrahauk Accipiter virgatus


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