Grey Goshawk (species: Accipiter (Accipiter) novaehollandiae) in Koreelah NP (Gaia Guide)
Accipiter (Accipiter) novaehollandiae
Grey Goshawk

©Michael Rosenberg: Grey Goshawk (Accipiter (Accipiter) novaehollandiae)

©Tom Tarrant: Grey Goshawk (Accipiter (Accipiter) novaehollandiae)

©Tom Tarrant: Grey morph of the Grey Goshawk (Accipiter (Accipiter) novaehollandiae)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Accipitridae
Genus Accipiter
Species Accipiter (Accipiter) novaehollandiae
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The grey morph has a pale grey head and back, dark wingtips, barred grey breast and tail, and white underparts. The white morph is the only bird of prey in the world to be entirely white. (Wikipedia)


  • From 50 cm to 55 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Females
  • From 38 cm to 42 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Males


  • From 70 cm to 110 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found along the coasts of northern, eastern and south-eastern Australia, Tasmania and rarely Western Australia, the Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.

Its preferred habitats are forests, tall woodlands, and timbered watercourses. (Wikipedia)


They usually prey on mammals such as rabbits, possums, and bats. They may also eat birds, small reptiles, and insects. Females, due to their size, can catch larger prey than males.

Hunting is often done by stealth, but they are willing to pursue their prey before catching it with their talons. (Wikipedia)

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