That is simple. Goshawks are types of hawks. The set of things that are
goshawks are a subset of the set of things that are hawks. The set of
things that are hawks (family Accipitridae) also includes eagles,
harriers, kites, buzzards, sea-eagles, old world vultures, etc. A subset
of family Accipitridae is the genus Accipiter that includes the goshawks
and sparrowhawks and a few others that are given their own name. So yes
all birds that are in Accipiter are essentially Hawks even though it may
be called a Goshawk, or Sparrowhawk etc.
The set of things that are hawks (family Accipitridae) does not include
the falcons & new world vultures, etc.
On Behalf Of Mark and
Sent: Thursday, 31 March 2011 9:00 AM To:
Subject: Hawks in Australia
Are Goshawks a type of Hawk, or is a Hawk different from a Goshawk? A
friend forwarded this wiki link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accipitrinae to me showing that Goshawks
and Hawks are together in the Genus Accipter .
Now I don't know anything about how the classification of birds works,
so does that mean that all birds that are in Accipter are essentially
Hawks even though it may be called a Goshawk, or Sparrowhawk etc?
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