Gee, we’ve been here a few times before. Quick selection below, 3 goshawks above, 4 sparrowhawks below.
BROWN Goshawk is usually mentioned
( compare with
I think difficulty sometimes arises because in some respects IN ADDITION TO size male goshawk approximates to female sparrowhawk, that is relative weakness
of bill and fine-ness of feet compared to female goshawk - no doubt something to do with gender prey specialisation
From: Mark Clayton
Sent: Saturday, 3 February 2018 2:19 PM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] ANBG: Collared Sparrowhawk or Brown Goshawk?
Both birds are youngish Collared Sparrowhawk, possibly from different broods. The best character to pick the two species apart
IF you can get a look at the feet, is the extra long middle toe of the sparrowhawk. Another feature, possibly not that reliable in recently fledged young, where the tail feathers may still be growing, or moulting adults, is that
sparrowhawks have a squarish to slightly forked tail whereas goshawks are generally round in shape. there are also facial characters that also come in to play. Perhaps Geoffrey Dabb has some good head shots to show the difference.
On 3/02/2018 1:02 PM, Robin Eckermann wrote:
There were (at least) 3 hawks around the upper tracks at ANBG this morning, and I got snaps of two different birds. I would be grateful if any member could identify them - whether Sparrowhawks or Goshawks (or one of each) - from the pictures below ... and
if so, indicate what were the definitive features determining such decision.
Collared Sparrowhawk or Brown Goshawk?
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Regards ... Robin Eckermann
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