The Northern Goshawk (pronounced /ˈɡɒs.hɔːk/, from Old English gōsheafoc, “goose-hawk”), Accipiter gentilis, is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes other diurnal raptors, such as eagles, buzzards and harriers.
It is a widespread species that inhabits the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere. Birds from Finland and the north tend to be larger than the birds from Southern Europe. Goshawks are flown directly at quarry from the fist.
The Goshawk has long been the favourite hunting bird here in the UK. The Goshawks from southern and central Europe tend to be smaller in size and flying weight than birds from areas like Finland and Russia. In the UK the goshawk s main quarry is Pheasant, Duck and rabbit.
Goshawks are NOT recommended for beginners. The accuracy of weight control needed to get the best from these birds is best left to those who have trained and flown other less difficulty species for a few seasons first.