Northern Goshawk

Photo Credit: Norbert Kenntner, Wikimediacommons


  • Species Common Name Northern Goshawk
  • Species Scientific Name Accipiter gentilis atricapillus
  • Federal Listing Status Species of Concern
  • State Listing Status Sensitive


Special needs

Northern Goshawks are typically found in large, forested areas with a mosaic of tree stages, forest openings, and habitat components (e.g., snags, downed logs). They prefer an open forest floor for access to ground-dwelling prey.

Limiting factors

Northern Goshawks have large area requirements and are adversely affected by reductions in late-successional forest.

Conservation actions

Maintain late-successional forest habitat. Maintain natural forest openings through prescribed fire, thinning, and hand-removal of encroaching conifers.

Key reference or plan

Northern Goshawk Inventory and Monitoring Technical Guide