The Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus) is found in Australia and surrounding islands.
Its upperparts are grey with a chestnut collar; its underparts are mainly rufous, finely barred with white. Thus it has similar colouring to the Collared Sparrowhawk but is larger.
The flight is fast and flexible.
This medium-sized bird of prey averages 40–55 cm in length. It has a wingspan of about 75–95 cm. Adult males weigh 220 g, and adult females, 355 g. Females are larger.
Distribution and habitat
It eats mainly birds; also small mammals, reptiles, amphibians; occasionally insects.
It nests in tall trees on a platform of sticks and twigs lined with green leaves.
The clutch size is usually 3, sometimes 2 or 4. The incubation period is about 30 days. The young leave the nest when they are about 31 days old.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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