Re: raptors

To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Re: raptors
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2005 22:56:28 +1100
David Cook wrote:
... I would have thought a chicken would have been too big for either
> species - their prey tends to be smaller birds, such as sparrows and
> starlings, and also small native birds - maybe a female Brown Goshawk
> might have a go.

The Brown Goshawk is roughly the same size as the North American
Red-tailed Hawk, aka "chicken hawk" or "hen hawk".  A "goose hawk"
should have no trouble dealing with a chicken!  (As far as names go,
the Common Sparrowhawk is under-rated.)

I've seen a Brown Goshawk twice at Russell this week.  This evening
it was flying high, mobbed by a Magpielark; earlier in the week, it
was in roughly the same location, probably heading to a roost in the
pines adjacent to Parkes Way.  (It didn't appear to be hunting at the
time, and it was started to get dark.)


   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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