Birda Logo
Features
Birda+
About
Species Guide
Challenges
Shop
loading...

Red Goshawk

Erythrotriorchis radiatus

The Red Goshawk, Erythrotriorchis radiatus, is a majestic bird of prey, cloaked in rufous plumage with a striking pattern of black and white streaking on its head. The face and throat are adorned with more white, while the upper surfaces of the body and wings bear black markings. Its flight feathers and tail exhibit a barred grey pattern, darker above and lighter below. The underside of this raptor is rufous with subtle black ticking. The female, distinguishable by her paler belly, and the male, with his brown to yellow irides, present a formidable appearance. The species is noted for its robust bill, heavy feet, and long, broad wings, which are fingered at the tips.

Identification Tips

Adult Red Goshawks have yellow irides, while juveniles display brown. The cere and skin surrounding the eye transition from pale blue in juveniles to pale grey in adults. Their legs and feet are yellow, shifting from pale grey or cream in their youth. The tail is square-tipped, comprising about half the bird's total length. In flight, they may appear leisurely or engage in powerful, energetic pursuits with deep, fluid wingbeats. Their size ranges from 45 to 60 cm in length, with a wingspan of 110 to 135 cm. Males typically weigh 635 g, while females range from 1100 to 1400 g.

Habitat

The Red Goshawk favors the savanna woodlands of northern Australia, often found near watercourses.

Distribution

This raptor is endemic to Australia, with important conservation sites identified in Far North Queensland, the Northern Territory's Kakadu Savanna and Tiwi Islands, and Western Australia's Kimberley region.

Behaviour

The Red Goshawk is a solitary and elusive bird, known for its stealthy hunting techniques. It builds its nest in the fork of a tall tree, creating a stick platform lined with green leaves.

Breeding

Breeding season varies by region, with egg-laying occurring from May to October in the north and August to October in the east. Incubation lasts 40 days, followed by a nestling period of 51 to 53 days. Juveniles remain dependent for 2 to 3 months.

Diet and Feeding

This bird of prey primarily hunts birds, such as parrots and pigeons, but may also target mammals, reptiles, and large insects. It hunts from concealed perches or by soaring and gliding above the canopy.

Conservation status

The Red Goshawk is classified as Endangered, facing threats from habitat destruction due to land clearing for agriculture. Conservation efforts focus on protecting intact habitats and rehabilitating suitable areas to ensure the species' survival.

App logo
Birda is a birdwatching app and community aimed at curious people who want to deepen their connection with nature.

Red Goshawks on Birda

Sightings
A map showing the sighting location
Profile picture for Bryn Pickering
Bryn Pickering
30 Jul 2023 - 11:02am
Australia

More Kites, Hawks, Eagles

A photo of a Shikra (Accipiter badius)

Shikra

Accipiter badius
Birda Logo

Your birdwatching journey like never before

Connect with nature in minutes
Take a walk, look out of the window and log the birds that you see. Feel good about those little connections to nature.
Discover the joy of birding
Find new birding spots, see more birds, share and celebrate with a like-minded community of nature lovers.
Play your part in saving nature
Logging your birding sightings and sessions turns into positive action for our planet. Every sighting counts.

Birda Blog

What Our Birders Say
Sacha0508
Simply fantastic
I love this app, it puts so much fun into recording the birds I’ve seen and heard while I’m out and about. The interface is user-friendly and suitable for all ages. It’s great to collect badges and to review my “lists”.
Nicole
Gets me outdoors more
I'm still loving this app. I use it most days & gets me outdoors more. Enjoying watching others progress and photo's, it's improved my wellbeing.... I love this app! I can keep a record of sightings and see what others have seen too.
Carrie
Makes you want to spot birds more
I think this app is fun. It makes you want to spot birds more so I guess in a way it encourages you to get out and about instead of sitting in front of the TV.
Emcil24
A Friendly Place
I love using the bird app, I have a pretty good knowledge of birds. But I do have some gaps in it, so it’s nice to have a safe space to check on a sighting to confirm the species. It’s really enjoyable and I love the badges you can collect. It’s like a real life Pokémon go.
SW H
Wonderful App
Birda is my go to app for keeping records of my bird sightings and sessions. It has fantastic information which is great at aiding identification. With all the updates that are coming in the new year, this app is something special.
Tralisalandhoop
Fantastic app - Love it!
Love this app and have used it almost daily. Lots of species information and easy to use. Love seeing birds spotted by other users in the UK and worldwide.
Abi.M
Awesome App
I really enjoy using this app! It is such a friendly community of bird-lovers who are happy to help if I need ID advice. It’s been great motivation to get outdoors and go birding more! 10/10 😍😍
Chudbond
Love Birda
I love this app. It really encourages you to log your sightings and the community is friendly and helpful.
Carl B
Helped me to identify more birds
Love this app and has helped me to identify more birds. The challenges and badges are great for keeping the motivation going to get out and keep birding.
Madstherangers
A mordern game changer
Birda is an awesome app, its updated the world of birding to the modern day with a fun and easy to use app. It’s engaging and allows positive interaction with fellow bird lovers!
As featured in
Birda Logo
AboutPressAmbassadorsAffiliatesInfluencersCareersPrivacyTerms & Conditions
An app for birdwatchers
Connect with us
Copyright © 2024 Chirp Birding. All rights reserved.