FW: [canberrabirds] Need help with Identification

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Need help with Identification
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 16:10:28 +1000
Hello Obaidul,
Is this a first posting from you? I would give this one a 90% + confidence on being a Brown Goshawk because of a few things. Given the prey as a Crested Pigeon, the hawk is obviously large and it appears quite robust in shape. I think the plumage stage is early in the intermediate between juvenile and adult. The Collared Sparrowhawk doesn't usually show that mix of characters at that age, they go from juvenile to adult stage (though I might need to research that a bit). The feet are not shown well enough to pick the difference but appear fairly solid looking, The beak is fairly big relative to the head. There is a brow ridge though not overly prominent in that photo, it is enough to look more like a BG. The tip of the tail is not showingso that doesn't help.
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From: Obaidul Haque [
Sent: Saturday, 17 April 2010 7:40 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Need help with Identification


I photographed this raptor preying on a crested pigeon this morning at Palmerston (35º12’00.70”S, 149º07’11.43”E).

Is it a Brown Goshawk, or a Collared Sparrowhawk? Would appreciate any help with identification. 


Obaidul Haque
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