Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Northern goshawks are about the size of the red-tailed hawk, are uniformly slate gray in color, have a black crown, and a distinctive white line over each orange-red eye.
Northern goshawks are very efficient predators and prey upon large and medium-sized birds and mammals. They are capable of tremendous short bursts of speed. When flying through woodlands, they show perfect control of movement, weaving in and out among tree trunks by effectively using their long tail. Goshawks have been commonly used by falconers but are very difficult to train because of their aggressive behavior.