Re: Sparrowhawk or Goshawk

To: "Robert Inglis" <>
Subject: Re: Sparrowhawk or Goshawk
From: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 21:32:07 +1000
Hi Tom,

Surprised you're having trouble with this one! The bird is clearly a Brown
Goshawk, although it's unusual for them to be as confiding as these two.
Collared Sparrowhawks are in my experience much more likely to allow a close

To clear up what seems to be the main point of confusion, the middle toe
should be even longer for a Collared Sparrowhawk, but just as important, the
legs should be much finer. In all other respects these birds look like your
"classic" BGOS, esp. tail and scowling face.

Great pics, by the way (for those who don't know what we're arguing about,
check out Tom's photos at )

Cheers, AS

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