Accipiter gentilis

Young northern goshawks, photo Eero Haapanen

A large, powerful hawk with a wide back and thick feet. The head is round and the neck is drawn back into the shoulders during flight. The tail is wide with a round end. Male birds are the size of a crow; grey on top and canescent with dark cross-stripes from the bottom; they have a light supercilium. Female birds look the same, but are much larger. Size-wise, they are similar to buzzards. They also have long wings. Their flight is fast and rushing; they can never be seen in stationary flight. They are also able to fly through tree crowns. Lives in larger forests and prefers spruce and mixed forests. They mostly hunt and eat small rodents, birds, and basically everyone they can catch. Under protection (protection category II).