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Red Goshawk

(Erythrotriorchis radiatus)
Alternative name: "Rufous-bellied Buzzard"
Size: 45-60 cm; wing span 1.1-1.35 m
Weight: 635 g (average; male); 1.1-1.4 kg (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red Goshawk at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Dorsal view of a Red Goshawk looking over its shoulder (photo courtesy of H. Mouritsen)
[Near Gunlom Falls, Mary River, Kakadu NP, NT, October 2015]

Dorsal view of a Red Goshawk (photo courtesy of H. Mouritsen)
[Near Gunlom Falls, Mary River, Kakadu NP, NT, October 2015]

Red Goshawk at its nest (photo courtesy of H. Mouritsen)
[Near Gunlom Falls, Mary River, Kakadu NP, NT, October 2015]

Breeding information

Breeding season: May - Dec Eggs: 1 - 2 Incubation period: 40-43 days Fledging age: ca. 50 days

The breeding season of Red Goshawks depends on geographic latitude.

Nest building: ? Incubation: Female Dependent care: Female & male

Twitcher's tip

Note that, by the time they fledge (i.e., leave their nest), the young of all species of raptors - apart from the tail and wing feathers (which are still growing) - are already full adult-size.

For species of raptors with a pronounced size dimorphism between the sexes (the female is always bigger than the male), the obvious consequence is that a female near-fledging age chick already dwarfs not only any male siblings, but also its father.

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Basket Material: Sticks, green leaves Height above ground: >10? m

Note that, contrary to many other raptors' habits, Red Goshawks build their nests into live eucalypt trees, not dead ones.

Overview of a Red Goshawk at its nest, which is characteristically placed in a major fork of a live eucalypt tree (photo courtesy of H. Mouritsen)
[Near Gunlom Falls, Mary River, Kakadu NP, NT, October 2015]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 54 x 43 mm Colour: Creamy/whitish Shape: Rounded

Food, Diet

Red Goshawks take primarily other birds.

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