The White Morph of the Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae).

                         The White Morph of the Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae).54






This is a favourite bird of the Top End Tour. It is a strongly built, medium-sized bird of prey. White Goshawks are about 40–55 cm long, with wingspans of 70–110cm. Females are much larger than males, weighing about 680 g. Males average 350 g. This Goshawk is found in their preferred habitats of forests, tall woodlands, and timbered watercourses. The Mary River Wetlands and Kakadu provide excellent environments for these birds.

Goshawks usually prey on mammals such as, possums, and bats. They may also eat birds, small reptiles, and insects. Females, due to their size, can catch larger prey than males. Hunting is often done by stealth, but White Goshawks are willing to pursue their prey before catching it with their talons.

They partner for life, breeding from July to December nesting in tall trees on a platform of sticks and twigs. The female lays a clutch containing 2 or 3 eggs, which hatch in about 35 days. Chicks fledge 35–40 days after hatching. The female is usually responsible for incubating the eggs and feeding the young. The male does most of the hunting.