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Carrion use by northern goshawks

Posted date: June 15, 2016
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Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Journal of Raptor Research. 29(4): 283.


Northern goshawks (Accipiter gentilis) feed on a wide variety of birds and mammals (R. T. Reynolds, et al. 1992, USDA For. Ser. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-217. Fort Collins, CO U.S.A.), but few accounts describe goshawks feeding on carrion. J.H. Schnell (1958, Condor 60:377-403) stated that, "It seems highly unlikely that the goshawk would forage for carrion under normal circumstances." However, G.M. Sutton (1925, Wilson Bull. 37:193-199) reported a goshawk shot while feeding on a black bear (Ursus american us) carcass in Pennsylvania. Carrion use has also been reported for two species of Australian goshawks (A. fasciatus and A. novaehollandiae; G.V. Czechura 1980, Raptor Res. 14:62-63).


Squires, John R. 1995. Carrion use by northern goshawks. Journal of Raptor Research. 29(4): 283.