Brown Goshawk

Brown Goshawk - Accipiter fasciatus


Pentecost River crossing on Gibb River road, W.A.:  2016:  August.
Glynn's Reserve, Warrandyte:  2016:  October.


Can be difficult to distinguish between this species and Collared Sparrow-hawk, which has similar plumage.  Points to look for include:  a fiercer expression derived from the eyes having what is known as a "beetle-brow" above them, thicker legs, tail more rounded, especially in flight, and the last segment of the middle toe doesn't project beyond the claws of the other toes (though this can be difficult to assess at times!)  They are a more solid-looking bird too, but all features possible need to be used for certain identification usually.

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